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A/RES/51/153


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20 January 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 154


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/51/711)]


            51/153.  Financing of the United Nations
                     Transitional Administration for Eastern
                     Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium

      The General Assembly,

      Having considered the report of the Secretary-General on the
financing of the United Nations Transitional Administration for
Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium 1/ and the related
report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary
Questions, 2/

      Recalling Security Council resolutions 1037 (1996) of 15 January
1996, by which the Council established the United Nations Transitional
Administration for Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium for
an initial period of twelve months, and 1079 (1996) of 15 November
1996, in which the Council extended the mandate of the Transitional
Administration to 15 July 1997,

      Recalling also its decision 50/481 of 11 April 1996 and its
resolution 50/242 of 7 June 1996 on the financing of the Transitional
Administration,

      Reaffirming that the costs of the Transitional Administration 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 Transitional Administration, 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 a voluntary contribution has been
made to the Transitional Administration by a Government,

      Mindful of the fact that it is essential to provide the
Transitional Administration 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 Transitional Administration for Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and
Western Sirmium as at 30 November 1996, including the contributions
outstanding in the amount of 53.6 million United States dollars,
representing 23 per cent of the total assessed contributions from the
inception of the Transitional Administration to the period ending 31
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 Transitional
Administration 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 Transitional Administration is administered with a
maximum of efficiency and economy;

      7.    Decides to appropriate the amount of 140,484,350 dollars
gross (136,087,550 dollars net) for the maintenance of the
Transitional Administration for the period from 1 July 1996 to 30 June
1997, inclusive of the amount of 3,440,050 dollars for the support
account for peacekeeping operations, in addition to the amount of
140,484,350 dollars gross (136,087,550 dollars net) already
appropriated for the period from 1 July to 31 December 1996 under the
provisions of General Assembly resolution 50/242;

      8.    Decides also, as an ad hoc arrangement, and taking into
account the amount of 140,484,350 dollars gross (136,087,550 dollars
net) already apportioned in accordance with General Assembly
resolution 50/242, to apportion an additional amount of 140,484,350
dollars gross (136,087,550 dollars net) for the period from 1 July
1996 to 30 June 1997 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, 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;

      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 4,396,800
dollars approved for the period from 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1997;

      10.   Invites voluntary contributions to the Transitional
Administration 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 Transitional
Administration for Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium".


                                                          85th plenary meeting
                                                              16 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    A/51/520.

2/    A/51/681.

 

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