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A/RES/51/232


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25 June 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 123 (a)


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

            [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/51/724/Add.1)]


            51/232.  Financing of the United Nations
                     Disengagement Observer Force

      The General Assembly,

      Having considered the reports of the Secretary-General on the
financing of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, 1/ and
the related report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and
Budgetary Questions, 2/ and taking note of the report of the Office of
Internal Oversight Services, 3/

      Bearing in mind Security Council resolution 350 (1974) of 31 May
1974, by which the Council established the United Nations
Disengagement Observer Force, and the subsequent resolutions by which
the Council extended the mandate of the Force, the latest of which was
resolution 1081 (1996) of
27 November 1996,

      Recalling its resolution 3211 B (XXIX) of 29 November 1974 on the
financing of the United Nations Emergency Force and the United Nations
Disengagement Observer Force and its subsequent resolutions thereon,
the latest of which was resolution 50/20 B of 7 June 1996,

      Reaffirming that the costs of the United Nations Disengagement
Observer Force 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 Force, a different
procedure is required from the one 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 Force,

      Mindful of the fact that it is essential to provide the Force
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 Force on a current
basis, including reimbursement to current and former
troop-contributing States,

      Concerned also that the surplus balances in the Special Account
for the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force have been used to
meet expenses of the Force in order to compensate for the lack of
income resulting from non-payment and late payment by Member States of
their contributions,

      1.    Takes note of the status of contributions to the United
Nations Disengagement Observer Force as at 15 May 1997, including the
contributions outstanding in the amount of 47.9 million United States
dollars, representing 4.2 per cent of the total assessed contributions
from the inception of the Force to the period ending 31 May 1997,
notes that some 24 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 the payment of their assessed contributions to the Force 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 Force is administered with a maximum of efficiency
and economy;

      7.    Decides to appropriate to the Special Account for the United
Nations Disengagement Observer Force the amount of 33,616,400 dollars
gross (32,714,400 dollars net) for the maintenance of the Force for
the period from 1 July 1997 to 30 June 1998, inclusive of the amount
of 1,248,400 dollars for the support account for peacekeeping
operations, to be assessed on Member States at the monthly rate of
2,801,366 dollars gross (2,726,200 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, 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, and for the year 1998, 4/ subject to the
decision of the Security Council to extend the mandate of the Force
beyond 31 May 1997;

      8.    Decides also 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 888,000 dollars approved for the
period from 1 July 1997 to 30 June 1998;

      9.    Decides further that there shall be set off against the
apportionment among Member States, as provided for in paragraph 7
above, their respective share in the estimated other income of 14,000
dollars for the period from 1 July 1997 to 30 June 1998;

      10.   Decides that, for Member States that have fulfilled their
financial obligations to the Force, there shall be set off against the
assessment, as provided for in paragraph 7 above, their respective
share in the unencumbered balance of 1,129,300 dollars gross
(1,066,700 dollars net) for the period ending 30 June 1996;

      11.   Decides also that, for Member States that have not fulfilled
their financial obligations to the Force, their share of the
unencumbered balance of 1,129,300 dollars gross (1,066,700 dollars
net) for the period ending 30 June 1996 shall be set off against their
outstanding obligations;

      12.   Decides that, for Member States that have fulfilled their
financial obligations to the Force, there shall be set off against the
assessment, as provided for in paragraph 7 above, their respective
share in the surplus balance of 2,358,000 dollars for the period from
1 December 1993 to 30 November 1994;

      13.   Decides also that, for Member States that have not fulfilled
their financial obligations to the Force, their share of the surplus
balance of 2,358,000 dollars for the period from 1 December 1993 to 30
November 1994 shall be set off against their outstanding obligations;

      14.   Invites voluntary contributions to the Force 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
and practices established by the General Assembly;

      15.   Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its
fifty-second session, under the item entitled "Financing of the United
Nations peacekeeping forces in the Middle East", the sub-item entitled
"United Nations Disengagement Observer Force". 


                                                         101st plenary meeting
                                                                  13 June 1997


                                     Notes

1/    A/51/405/Add.1 and 2.

2/    See A/51/684/Add.1.

3/    A/51/432, annex.

4/    To be adopted by the General Assembly.
 

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