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A/RES/50/89


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

15 January 1996

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Fiftieth session
Agenda item 122 (b)


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/50/824)]


            50/89.   Financing of the United Nations Interim
                     Force in Lebanon


      The General Assembly,

      Having considered the report of the Secretary-General on the
financing of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon,  1/ and
the related report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and
Budgetary Questions,  2/

      Bearing in mind Security Council resolution 425 (1978) of 19
March 1978, by which the Council established the United Nations
Interim Force in Lebanon, and the subsequent resolutions by which the
Council extended the mandate of the Force, the latest of which was
resolution 1006 (1995) of 28 July 1995,

      Recalling its resolution S-8/2 of 21 April 1978 on the financing
of the Force and its subsequent resolutions and decisions thereon, the
latest of which were resolution 49/226 of 23 December 1994 and
decision 49/483 of 12 July 1995,

      Reaffirming that the costs of the Force are expenses of the
Organization to be borne by Member States in accordance with Article
17, paragraph 2, of the Charter of the United Nations,

      Recalling its previous decisions regarding the fact that, in
order to meet the expenditures caused by the Force, a different
procedure is required from the one applied to meet expenditures of the
regular budget of the United Nations,

      Taking into account the fact that the economically more developed
countries are in a position to make relatively larger contributions
and that the economically less developed countries have a relatively
limited capacity to contribute towards such an operation,

      Bearing in mind the special responsibilities of the States
permanent members of the Security Council, as indicated in General
Assembly resolution 1874 (S-IV) of 27 June 1963, in the financing of
such operations,

      Mindful of the fact that it is essential to provide the Force
with the necessary financial resources to enable it to fulfil its
responsibilities under the relevant resolutions of the Security
Council,

      Recalling its resolution 34/9 E of 17 December 1979 and the
subsequent resolutions in which it decided that the provisions of
regulations 5.2 (b), 5.2 (d), 4.3 and 4.4 of the Financial Regulations
of the United Nations should be suspended, the latest of which was
resolution 49/226,

      Concerned that the Secretary-General continues to face
difficulties in meeting the obligations of the Force on a current
basis, including reimbursement to current and former
troop-contributing States,

      Concerned also that the surplus balances in the Special Account
for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon have been used up for
meeting expenses of the Force in order to compensate for the lack of
income resulting from non-payment and late payment by Member States of
their contributions and have consequently been exhausted,

      1.    Takes note of the status of contributions to the United
Nations Interim Force in Lebanon as at 13 December 1995, including the
contributions unpaid in the amount of 216,216,752 United States
dollars, representing 9 per cent of the total assessed contributions
from the inception of the Force to the period ending 31 January 1996,
notes that some 22 per cent of the Member States have paid their
assessed contributions in full, and urges all other Member States
concerned, particularly those in arrears, to ensure the payment of
their outstanding assessed contributions;

      2.    Expresses concern about the financial situation with regard
to peace-keeping activities, particularly as regards the reimbursement
of troop contributors, notably those troop-contributing Member States
that have paid their assessed contributions in full, which bear an
additional burden, due to overdue payments by Member States of their
assessments; 

      3.    Urges all Member States to make every possible effort to
ensure the payment of their assessed contributions to the Force
promptly and in full;

      4.    Endorses the observations and recommendations contained in
the report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary
Questions; 2/ 

      5.    Requests the Secretary-General to take all necessary action
to ensure that the Force is administered with a maximum of efficiency
and economy;

      6.    Decides to appropriate to the Special Account for the United
Nations Interim Force in Lebanon the amount of 67,407,000 United
States dollars gross (65,224,980 dollars net) authorized and
apportioned by the General Assembly in paragraph 10 of its resolution
49/226 for the operation of the Force from 1 August 1995 to 31 January
1996, inclusive;

      7.    Authorizes the Secretary-General to enter into commitments
for the operation of the Force at a rate not to exceed 10,774,800
dollars gross (10,489,600 dollars net) per month for a period of up to
five months beginning 1 February 1996, and to assess the amount of
32,324,400 dollars gross (31,468,800 dollars net) on Member States in
accordance with the scheme set out in the present resolution, should
the Security Council decide to continue the Force beyond the period of
six months authorized under its resolution 1006 (1995);

      8.    Decides, as an ad hoc arrangement, to apportion the amount
referred to in paragraph 7 above among Member States in accordance
with the composition of groups set out in paragraphs 3 and 4 of
General Assembly resolution 43/232 of 1 March 1989, as adjusted by the
Assembly in its resolutions 44/192 B of 21 December 1989, 45/269 of 27
August 1991, 46/198 A of 20 December 1991 and 47/218 A of 23 December
1992 and its decision 48/472 A of 23 December 1993, and taking into
account the scale of assessments for the year 1996,  3/ subject to
the decision of the Security Council to extend the mandate of the
Force beyond 31 January 1996 and the mandate periods to be decided
upon by the Council;

      9.    Decides also that there shall be set off against the
apportionment among Member States, as provided for in paragraph 8
above, their respective share in the estimated income of 4,800 dollars
other than staff assessment income for the period from 1 February to
30 April 1996, inclusive;

      10.   Decides further that, in accordance with the provisions of
its resolution 973 (X) of 15 December 1955, there shall be set off
against the apportionment among Member States, as provided for in
paragraph 8 above, their respective share in the Tax Equalization Fund
of the estimated staff assessment income of 850,800 dollars for the
period from 1 February to 30 April 1996, inclusive;

      11.   Invites voluntary contributions to the Force in cash and in
the form of services and supplies acceptable to the Secretary-General,
to be administered, as appropriate, in accordance with the procedure
established by the General Assembly in its resolutions 43/230 of 21
December 1988, 44/192 A of 21 December 1989 and 45/258 of 3 May 1991;

      12.   Decides to keep the sub-item entitled "United Nations
Interim Force in Lebanon" under the agenda item entitled "Financing of
the United Nations peace-keeping forces in the Middle East" under
review during its fiftieth session.

                                                          95th plenary meeting
                                                              19 December 1995


                                     Notes

1/   A/50/543.

2/   A/50/694.

3/   See resolution 49/19 B.

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