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A/RES/51/228


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

16 May 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 165


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/51/844)]


            51/228.     Financing of the Military Observer
                        Group of the United Nations
                        Verification Mission in Guatemala 1/

      The General Assembly,

      Having considered the report of the Secretary-General on the
financing of the Military Observer Group of the United Nations Mission
for the Verification of Human Rights and of Compliance with the
Commitments of the Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights in
Guatemala 2/ and the related report of the Advisory Committee on
Administrative and Budgetary Questions, 3/

      Recalling Security Council resolution 1094 (1997) of 20 January
1997, in which the Council authorized the attachment to the United
Nations Mission for the Verification of Human Rights and of Compliance
with the Commitments of the Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights in
Guatemala of a group of one hundred and fifty-five military observers
and requisite medical personnel for a period of three months,

      Recognizing that the costs of the Observer Group 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,

      Recognizing also that, in order to meet the expenditures caused
by the Observer Group, 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 Observer
Group with the necessary financial resources to enable it to fulfil
its responsibilities under the relevant resolutions of the Security
Council,

      1.    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;

      2.    Urges all Member States to make every possible effort to
ensure payment of their assessed contributions to the Military
Observer Group of the United Nations Verification Mission in Guatemala
in full and on time;

      3.    Endorses the observations and recommendations contained in
the report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary
Questions; 3/

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

      5.    Also requests the Secretary-General to establish a special
account for the Observer Group in accordance with paragraph 15 of his
report; 2/

      6.    Decides to appropriate the amount of 4 million United States
dollars gross (3,956,300 dollars net) for the operation of the
Observer Group for the period from 15 February to 31 May 1997,
inclusive of the amount of 3 million dollars gross (2,949,300 dollars
net) already authorized by the Advisory Committee on Administrative
and Budgetary Questions under the terms of section IV of General
Assembly resolution 49/233 A of 23 December 1994;

      7.    Decides also, as an ad hoc arrangement, to apportion the
amount of 4 million dollars gross (3,956,300 dollars net) for the
period from 15 February to 31 May 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, 50/224 of 11 April 1996 and 51/218 A and B of
18 December 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;

      8.    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 7 above, their respective share in the Tax Equalization Fund
of the estimated staff assessment income of 43,700 dollars approved
for the Observer Group for the period from 15 February to 31 May 1997;

      9.    Invites voluntary contributions to the Observer Group 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;

      10.   Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its
fifty-second session the item entitled "Financing of the Military
Observer Group of the United Nations Verification Mission in
Guatemala".


                                                          95th plenary meeting
                                                                  3 April 1997


                                     Notes

1/     In accordance with resolution 51/198 B, paragraph 5, the United
Nations Mission for the Verification of Human Rights and of Compliance
with the Commitments of the Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights in
Guatemala has been renamed the United Nations Verification Mission in
Guatemala.

2/    A/51/815.

3/    A/51/826.
 

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