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A/RES/50/89 B


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

15 July 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/Add.1)]


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


                                      B*

       (* Consequently, resolution 50/89 of 19 December 1995 becomes 
                            resolution 50/89 A.)


      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 1039 (1996) of 29 January 1996,

      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 was resolution 50/89 A of 19 December 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 also its previous decisions regarding the fact that, in
order to meet the expenditures caused by the Force, a different
procedure is required from that 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 further 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 21 May 1996, including the
contributions unpaid in the amount of 204.4 million United States
dollars, representing 8 per cent of the total assessed contributions
from the inception of the Force to the period ending 30 April 1996,
notes that some 17.2 per cent of the Member States have paid their
assessed contributions in full, and urges all other Member States
concerned, in particular 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, in particular as regards the
reimbursement of troop contributors, which bear burdens owing to
overdue payments by Member States of their assessments;

      3.    Expresses its appreciation to those Member States which have
paid their assessed contributions in full;

      4.    Urges all other Member States to make every possible effort
to ensure payment of their assessed contributions to the Force in full
and on time;

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

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

      7.    Also requests the Secretary-General to include in his next
report on the financing of the Force a full evaluation of damages
resulting from the incident that occurred at the headquarters of the
Force at Qana on 18 April 1996 and the costs thereof;

      8.    Decides to appropriate to the Special Account for the United
Nations Interim Force in Lebanon the amount of 53,874,000 dollars
gross (52,448,000 dollars net) authorized by the General Assembly in
paragraph 7 of its resolution 50/89 A for the period from 1 February
to 30 June 1996;

      9.    Decides also, as an ad hoc arrangement, taking into account
the amount of 32,324,400 dollars gross (31,468,800 dollars net)
already apportioned in accordance with General Assembly resolution
50/89 A, to apportion an additional amount of 21,549,600 dollars gross
(20,979,200 dollars net) for the period from 1 May to 30 June 1996
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 Assembly resolutions 44/192 B of 21
December 1989, 45/269 of 27 August 1991, 46/198 A of 20 December 1991,
47/218 A of 23 December 1992, 49/249 A of 20 July 1995, 49/249 B of 14
September 1995 and 50/224 of 11 April 1996 and its decisions 48/472 A
of 23 December 1993 and 50/451 B of 23 December 1995, and taking into
account the scale of assessments for the years 1996 and 1997, as set
out in its resolution 49/19 B of 23 December 1994 and decision
50/471 A of 23 December 1995;

      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 9 above, their respective share in the Tax Equalization Fund
of the estimated staff assessment income of 567,200 dollars approved
for the period from 1 May to 30 June 1996;

      11.   Decides that there shall be set off against the
apportionment among Member States, as provided for in paragraph 9
above, their respective share in the estimated income of 3,200
dollars, other than staff assessment income, for the period from 1 May
to 30 June 1996;

      12.   Decides also to appropriate to the Special Account for the
United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon an amount of 125,722,800
dollars gross (122,665,800 dollars net) for the maintenance of the
Force for the period from 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1997, inclusive of
the amount of 2,965,800 dollars for the support account for peace-
keeping operations, to be assessed on Member States at a monthly rate
of 10,476,900 dollars gross (10,222,150 dollars net) in accordance
with the scheme set out in the present resolution, subject to the
decision of the Security Council to extend the mandate of the Force
beyond 31 July 1996;

      13.   Decides further that, in accordance with the provisions of
its resolution 973 (X), there shall be set off against the
apportionment among Member States, as provided for in paragraph 12
above, their respective share in the Tax Equalization Fund of the
estimated staff assessment income of 3,037,000 dollars approved for
the period from 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1997;

      14.   Decides that there shall be set off against the
apportionment among Member States, as provided for in paragraph 12
above, their respective share in the estimated income of 20,000
dollars, other than staff assessment income, for the period from
1 July 1996 to 30 June 1997;

      15.   Invites voluntary contributions to the United Nations
Interim Force in Lebanon 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;

      16.   Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
first session, under the item entitled "Financing of the United
Nations peace-keeping forces in the Middle East", the sub-item
entitled "United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon".

                                                    120th plenary meeting
                                                              7 June 1996


                                     Notes

1/  A/50/543/Add.1.

2/  A/50/694/Add.1.

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