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A/RES/51/152


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

20 January 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 153


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/51/710)]


            51/152.  Financing of the United Nations Mission
                     in Bosnia and Herzegovina

      The General Assembly,

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

      Recalling Security Council resolution 1035 (1995) of 21 December
1995, by which the Council established the United Nations Mission in
Bosnia and Herzegovina for a period of one year,

      Recalling also Security Council resolution 1066 (1996) of 15 July
1996, in which the Council authorized the United Nations military
observers to continue to monitor the demilitarization of the Prevlaka
peninsula,

      Recalling further its decision 50/481 of 11 April 1996 and its
resolution 50/241 of 7 June 1996 on the financing of the Mission,

      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 its previous decision 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,

      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 Bosnia and Herzegovina as at 30 November 1996,
including the contributions outstanding in the amount of 13.7 million
United States dollars, representing 12 per cent of the total assessed
contributions from the inception of the Mission to the period ending
20 December 1996, notes that some 27 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.    Requests the Secretary-General to take all necessary action
to ensure that the Mission is administered with a maximum of
efficiency and economy;

      7.    Decides to appropriate the amount of 75,619,800 dollars
gross (72,225,600 dollars net) for the maintenance of the Mission for
the period from 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1997, inclusive of the amount
of 1,918,300 dollars for the support account for peacekeeping
operations, in addition to the amount of 75,619,800 dollars gross
(72,225,600 dollars net) already appropriated for the period from 1
July to 31 December 1996 under the provisions of General Assembly
resolution 50/241;

      8.    Decides also, as an ad hoc arrangement, and taking into
account the amount of 75,619,800 dollars gross (72,225,600 dollars
net) already apportioned in accordance with General Assembly
resolution 50/241, to apportion the additional amount of 75,619,800
dollars gross (72,225,600 dollars net) for the period from 1 July 1996
to 30 June 1997 among Member States at a monthly rate of 12,603,300
dollars gross (12,037,600 dollars net) 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, 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 1997, as set out in its resolution 49/19 B of
23 December 1994 and its decision 50/471 A of 23 December 1995,
subject to the decision of the Security Council to extend the mandate
of the Mission beyond 20 December 1996;

      9.    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 additional staff assessment income of 3,394,200
dollars approved for the period from 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1997;

      10.   Invites voluntary contributions to the Mission 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;

      11.   Decides to keep under review during its fifty-first session
the agenda item entitled "Financing of the United Nations Mission in
Bosnia and Herzegovina".


                                                          85th plenary meeting
                                                              16 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    A/51/519 and Corr.1.

2/    A/51/681.

 

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