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A/RES/51/14


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

21 November 1996

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 134


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/51/637)]


            51/14.   Financing of the United Nations Mission
                     in Haiti

      The General Assembly,

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

      Recalling Security Council resolution 1048 (1996) of 29 February
1996, in which the Council extended the mandate of the Mission for a
final period of four months, to 30 June 1996, as well as all previous
Security Council resolutions on the Mission,

      Recalling also its decision 48/477 of 23 December 1993 on the
financing of the Mission and its subsequent resolutions and decisions
thereon, the latest of which was resolution 50/90 B of 7 June 1996,

      Reaffirming that the costs of the Mission 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 further its previous decisions regarding the fact that,
in order to meet the expenditures caused by the Mission, 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 Mission by certain Governments,

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

      1.    Takes note of the status of contributions to the United
Nations Mission in Haiti as at 29 October 1996, including the
contributions outstanding in the amount of 19.9 million United States
dollars, representing 6 per cent of the total assessed contributions
from the inception of the Mission to the period ending 30 June 1996,
notes that some 23 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 Mission 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.    Shares the concern expressed by the Advisory Committee in
paragraph 9 of its report, 2/ and requests the Secretary-General to
submit detailed explanations to the General Assembly on the
circumstances that led to the overexpenditures of approximately 6.7
million dollars with respect to the original estimates;

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

      8.    Decides to reduce the appropriation and apportionment
provided by the General Assembly in its resolution 50/90 B in the
amount of                 15,897,900 dollars gross (15,440,300 dollars
net), inclusive of the amount of 377,400 dollars for the support
account for peacekeeping operations, for the liquidation of the
Mission for the period beginning 1 July 1996, to the amount of
1,197,100 dollars gross (1,185,800 dollars net), inclusive of the
amount of 377,400 dollars for the support account for peacekeeping
operations;

      9.    Decides also that, for Member States that have fulfilled
their financial obligations to the Mission, there shall be set off
against the apportionment, as provided for in paragraph 8 above, their
respective share in the amount of 1,197,100 dollars gross (1,185,800
dollars net) from the unencumbered balance of 17,390,100 dollars gross
(16,715,100 dollars net) for the period from 1 August 1995 to 29
February 1996;

      10.   Decides further that, for Member States that have not
fulfilled their financial obligations to the Mission, their share in
the amount of 1,197,100 dollars gross (1,185,800 dollars net) from the
unencumbered balance of 17,390,100 dollars gross (16,715,100 dollars
net) for the period from 1 August 1995 to 29 February 1996 shall be
set off against their outstanding obligations;

      11.   Decides that the remaining unencumbered balance of           
      16,193,000 dollars gross (15,529,300 dollars net) for the period
from           1 August 1995 to 29 February 1996 shall be credited to
Member States;

      12.   Decides also to keep under review during its fifty-first
session the agenda item entitled "Financing of the United Nations
Mission in Haiti".

                                                          50th plenary meeting
                                                               4 November 1996


                                     Notes

1/    A/50/363/Add.3 and Add.4.

2/    A/51/444.

 

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