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A/RES/51/12


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

21 November 1996

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 129


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/51/639)]


            51/12.   Financing of the United Nations
                     Protection Force, the United Nations
                     Confidence Restoration Operation in
                     Croatia, the United Nations Preventive
                     Deployment Force and the United Nations
                     Peace Forces headquarters


      The General Assembly,

      Having considered the reports of the Secretary-General on the
financing of the United Nations Protection Force, the United Nations
Confidence Restoration Operation in Croatia, the United Nations
Preventive Deployment Force and the United Nations Peace Forces
headquarters 1/ and the related reports of the Advisory Committee on
Administrative and Budgetary Questions, 2/ 

      Having considered also the report of the Office of Internal
Oversight Services on the review of the management structure in the
civilian staff component of the United Nations Peace Forces, 3/

      Recalling Security Council resolutions 727 (1992) of 8 January
1992 and 740 (1992) of 7 February 1992, in which the Council endorsed
the sending of a group of military liaison officers to Yugoslavia to
promote maintenance of the ceasefire,

      Recalling also Security Council resolution 743 (1992) of          
       21 February 1992, by which the Council established the United
Nations Protection Force, and the subsequent resolutions by which the
Council extended and expanded its mandate,

      Recalling further Security Council resolution 981 (1995) of       
31 March 1995, by which the Council established the United Nations Confidence
Restoration Operation in Croatia, to be known as UNCRO,

      Recalling Security Council resolution 983 (1995) of 31 March
1995, by which the Council decided that the United Nations Protection
Force within the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia should be known
as the United Nations Preventive Deployment Force,

      Recalling also Security Council resolution 1025 (1995) of         
30 November 1995, in which the Council decided to terminate the
mandate of the United Nations Confidence Restoration Operation in
Croatia on 15 January 1996,

      Recalling further Security Council resolution 1031 (1995) of
15 December 1995, in which the Council decided to terminate the
mandate of the United Nations Protection Force on the date on which
the Secretary-General reported that the transfer of authority from the
United Nations Protection Force to the Implementation Force had taken
place,

      Recalling the letter dated 1 February 1996 from the President of
the Security Council to the Secretary-General informing him of the
Council's concurrence in principle that the United Nations Preventive
Deployment Force become an independent mission, 4/

      Recalling also its resolution 46/233 of 19 March 1992 on the
financing of the United Nations Protection Force and its subsequent
resolutions and decisions thereon, the latest of which was decision
50/410 C of 17 September 1996,

      Reaffirming that the costs of the combined Forces 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 combined Forces, 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,

      Noting with appreciation that voluntary contributions have been
made to the combined Forces by certain Governments,

      Mindful of the fact that it is essential to provide the combined
Forces with the necessary financial resources to enable them to fulfil
their responsibilities under the relevant resolutions of the Security
Council,

      1.    Takes note of the status of contributions to the combined
Forces as at 23 October 1996, including the contributions outstanding
in the amount of 731.8 million United States dollars, representing 16
per cent of the total assessed contributions from the inception of the
United Nations Protection Force to the period ending 31 March 1996,
notes that some 32 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 peacekeeping 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 combined
Forces in full and on time;

      5.    Endorses the observations and recommendations contained in   
the reports of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and
Budgetary Questions, 2/ subject to the provisions of the present
resolution;

      6.    Endorses also the recommendations made by the Office of
Internal Oversight Services in its report on the review of the
management structure in the civilian staff component of the United
Nations Peace Forces, 3/ and requests the Secretary-General to ensure
that those recommendations are fully taken into account in the future
planning of United Nations peacekeeping missions;

      7.    Requests the Secretary-General to issue no later than 8
December 1996 the performance report for the period from 1 January to
30 June 1996;

      8.    Also requests the Secretary-General to include in his next
report on the financing of the combined Forces updated information on
the status of liquidation of the United Nations Protection Force and
the United Nations Confidence Restoration Operation in Croatia,
including costs, staffing levels, a description of difficulties that
have been encountered, the Secretary-General's assessment of the
progress of liquidation and projections regarding its completion;

      9.    Expresses its concern about the payment by the combined
Forces of charges for items that should have been provided without
cost under the status-of-forces agreements;

      10.   Urges the Secretary-General to convey the concerns of the
General Assembly to the Governments concerned, as well as the request
by the Assembly that the Governments reimburse the combined Forces for
those expenditures, and requests the Secretary-General to withhold
settlement of claims submitted by the Governments concerned until the
matter of the expenditures is resolved and to include information on
efforts to obtain reimbursement in the next report on the financing of
the combined Forces;

      11.   Reminds all Member States that are host to a United Nations
peacekeeping mission of the importance of concluding a status-of-forces
agreement with the United Nations when a mission has been authorized and of
their obligation to comply fully with the terms of such agreements, when
concluded;

      12.   Requests the Secretary-General to take all necessary action
to ensure that the combined Forces are administered with a maximum of
efficiency and economy;

      13.   Decides, as an ad hoc arrangement, to apportion the amount
of 115,373,000 dollars gross (113,866,300 dollars net), already
appropriated by the General Assembly in its resolution 50/235 of 7
June 1996, for the period from 1 to 31 December 1995 among Member
States in accordance with the composition of groups set out in
paragraphs 3 and 4 of 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, 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 year 1995 as set out in its resolution 49/19 B of 23 December 1994
and its decision 50/471 A of 23 December 1995;

      14.   Decides also 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 13
above, their respective share in the Tax Equalization Fund of the
estimated staff assessment income of 1,506,700 dollars approved for
the period from 1 to 31 December 1995;

      15.   Decides further that, for Member States that have fulfilled
their financial obligations to the combined Forces, there shall be set
off against the apportionment, as provided for in paragraph 13 above,
their respective share in the amount of 115,373,000 dollars gross
(113,866,300 dollars net) from the unencumbered balance of 227,406,878
dollars gross (227,911,279 dollars net) in respect of the period
ending 31 December 1995;

      16.   Decides that, for Member States that have not fulfilled
their obligations to the combined Forces, their share in the amount of
115,373,000 dollars gross (113,866,300 dollars net) from the
unencumbered balance of 227,406,878 dollars gross (227,911,279 dollars
net) for the period ending 31 December 1995 shall be set off against
their outstanding obligations;

      17.   Authorizes the Secretary-General to enter into commitments
for the liquidation of the combined Forces and the provision of common
support for the period from 1 November to 31 December 1996 in the
amount of 12,462,300 dollars gross (11,574,400 dollars net);

      18.   Invites voluntary contributions to the combined Forces 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;

      19.   Decides to keep under review during its fifty-first session
the agenda item entitled "Financing of the United Nations Protection
Force, the United Nations Confidence Restoration Operation in Croatia,
the United Nations Preventive Deployment Force and the United Nations
Peace Forces headquarters".

                                                          50th plenary meeting
                                                               4 November 1996


                                     Notes

1/    A/50/696/Add.4 and Corr.1 and Add.5-7.

2/    A/50/903/Add.1 and A/51/497.

3/    A/51/305.

4/    See S/1996/76.

 

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