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A/RES/51/2


General Assembly

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29 October 1996

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 126


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/51/502)]


            51/2.       Financing of the United Nations
                        Mission for the Referendum in Western
                        Sahara

      The General Assembly,

      Taking note of the report of the Secretary-General on the
financing of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western
Sahara 1/ and the related report of the Advisory Committee on
Administrative and Budgetary Questions, 2/

      Bearing in mind Security Council resolution 690 (1991) of
29 April 1991, by which the Council established the United Nations
Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara, and its subsequent
resolutions, the latest of which was resolution 1056 (1996) of 29 May
1996, by which the Council extended the mandate of the Mission until
30 November 1996,

      Recalling its resolution 45/266 of 17 May 1991 on the financing
of the Mission, and its subsequent resolutions and decisions thereon,
the latest of which was decision 50/446 C of 17 September 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 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,

      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,

      Concerned that the Secretary-General continues to face
difficulties in meeting the obligations of the Mission on a current
basis, including reimbursement to current and former troop-contributing
States,

      1.    Takes note of the status of contributions to the United
Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara as at
30 September 1996, including the contributions unpaid in the amount of
49,014,872 United States dollars, representing 20 per cent of the
total assessed contributions from the inception of the Mission to the
period ending 30 September 1996, notes that some 18 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, particularly as regards the reimbursement
of troop-contributing countries, 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
promptly and in full;

      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 to the Special Account for the United
Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara the amount of     
27,962,500 dollars gross (25,480,500 dollars net), already authorized and
assessed under the terms of General Assembly resolution 49/247 of              
20 July 1995, for the operation of the Mission for the period from 1 February
to 30 June 1996;

      8.    Decides also to appropriate the amount of 13,292,500 dollars
gross (12,555,000 dollars net) for the operation of the Mission for
the period from 1 July to 30 November 1996, inclusive of the amount of
526,835 dollars for the support account for peacekeeping operations,
and taking into account the amount of 7,816,100 dollars gross
(6,846,350 dollars net) already authorized and assessed for the period
from 1 July to 30 September 1996 by the Assembly in its decision
50/446 B of 7 June 1996, and the amount of 2.6 million dollars gross
(2.5 million dollars net) already authorized for the period from 1 to
31 October 1996 by the Assembly in its decision 50/446 C;

      9.    Decides further, as an ad hoc arrangement, and taking into
account the amount of 7,816,100 dollars gross (6,846,350 dollars net)
already apportioned under the terms of decision 50/446 B, to apportion
the additional amount of 5,476,400 dollars gross (5,708,650 dollars
net) for the period from 1 July to 30 November 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 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
1996, as set out in its resolution 49/19 B of 23 December 1994 and its
decision 50/471 A of 23 December 1995;

      10.   Decides that, in accordance with the provisions of its
resolution 973 (X) of 15 December 1955, the apportionment among Member
States, as provided for in paragraph 9 above, shall take into
consideration the decrease in their respective share in the Tax
Equalization Fund of the estimated staff assessment income of 232,250
dollars for the period from 1 July to 30 November 1996;

      11.   Decides also to appropriate the amount of 18,609,500 dollars
gross (17,577,000 dollars net) for the maintenance of the Mission for
the period from 1 December 1996 to 30 June 1997, inclusive of the
amount of 737,565 dollars for the support account for peacekeeping operations,
to be assessed on Member States at a monthly rate not to exceed 2,658,500
dollars gross (2,511,000 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 Mission beyond 30 November 1996;

      12.   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 11
above, their respective share in the Tax Equalization Fund of the
estimated staff assessment income of 1,032,500 dollars approved for
the period from 1 December 1996 to 30 June 1997;

      13.   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
procedures 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;

      14.   Decides to keep the agenda item entitled "Financing of the
United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara" under
review during its fifty-first session.

                                                          38th plenary meeting
                                                               17 October 1996


                                     Notes

1/      A/50/655/Add.2.

2/      A/51/440.

 

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