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A/RES/51/234


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

25 June 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 125 (a)


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

            [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/51/726/Add.1)]


            51/234.     Financing of the United Nations Iraq-
                        Kuwait Observation Mission

      The General Assembly,

      Having considered the reports of the Secretary-General on the
financing of the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission, 1/
the related report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and
Budgetary Questions 2/ and the report of the Office of Internal
Oversight Services, 3/

      Recalling Security Council resolutions 687 (1991) of 3 April 1991
and 689 (1991) of 9 April 1991, by which the Council decided to
establish the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission and to
review the question of its termination or continuation every six
months,

      Recalling also its resolution 45/260 of 3 May 1991 on the
financing of the Observation Mission and its subsequent resolutions
and decisions thereon, the latest of which were resolution 50/234 of 7
June 1996 and decision 51/440 of 16 December 1996,

      Reaffirming that the costs of the Observation Mission that are
not covered by voluntary contributions 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 Observation Mission, 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,

      Expressing its appreciation for the substantial voluntary
contributions made to the Observation Mission by the Government of
Kuwait and the contributions of other Governments,

      Mindful of the fact that it is essential to provide the
Observation 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 Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission as at 15 May 1997, including
the contributions outstanding in the amount of 9,455,734 United States
dollars, representing 4 per cent of the total assessed contributions
from the inception of the Mission to the period ending 30 April 1997,
notes that some 32 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 its continued appreciation of the decision of the
Government of Kuwait to defray two thirds of the cost of the
Observation Mission, effective 1 November 1993;

      3.    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;

      4.    Expresses its appreciation to those Member States which have
paid their assessed contributions in full;

      5.    Urges all other Member States to make every possible effort
to ensure payment of their assessed contributions to the Observation
Mission in full and on time;

      6.    Endorses the observations and recommendations contained in
the report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary
Questions 2/ and in the report of the Office of Internal Oversight
Services; 3/

      7.    Requests the Secretary-General to take all necessary action
to ensure that the Observation Mission is administered with a maximum
of efficiency and economy;

      8.    Decides to appropriate to the Special Account for the United
Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission the amount of 51,487,500
dollars gross (49,599,300 dollars net) for the maintenance of the
Observation Mission for the period from 1 July 1997 to 30 June 1998,
inclusive of an amount of 1,952,100 dollars for the support account
for peacekeeping operations, a two-thirds share of this amount,
equivalent to 33,066,200 dollars, to be funded through voluntary
contributions from the Government of Kuwait, subject to the review by
the Security Council with regard to the question of termination or
continuation of the Mission;

      9.    Decides also, as an ad hoc arrangement, taking into
consideration the funding through voluntary contributions from the
Government of Kuwait of the two-thirds share of the cost of the
Observation Mission, equivalent to 33,066,200 dollars, to apportion
among Member States the amount of 18,421,300 dollars gross (16,533,100
dollars net), representing one third of the cost of the maintenance of
the Observation Mission for the period from 1 July 1997 to 30 June
1998, the said amount to be assessed at a monthly rate of 1,535,108
dollars gross (1,377,758 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 review by the Security Council
with regard to the question of termination or continuation of the
Observation Mission;

      10.   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 9 above, their respective share in the Tax Equalization Fund
of the estimated staff assessment income of 1,888,200 dollars approved
for the period from 1 July 1997 to 30 June 1998;

      11.   Decides that, taking into consideration the funding through
voluntary contributions from the Government of Kuwait of the
two-thirds share of the cost of the Observation Mission, for Member
States that have fulfilled their financial obligations to the Mission,
there shall be set off against the apportionment, as provided for in
paragraph 9 above, their respective share in the unencumbered balance
of 1,723,200 dollars gross (1,440,000 dollars net), representing one
third of the unencumbered balance of 4,603,200 dollars gross
(4,320,000 dollars net) in respect of the period from 1 January to
30 June 1996;

      12.   Decides also that, for Member States that have not fulfilled
their financial obligations to the Observation Mission, their share of
the unencumbered balance of 1,723,200 dollars gross (1,440,000 dollars
net) for the period from 1 January to 30 June 1996 shall be set off
against their outstanding obligations;

      13.   Decides further that two thirds of the net unencumbered
balance of 4,320,000 dollars, equivalent to 2,880,000 dollars, shall
be returned to the Government of Kuwait;

      14.   Requests the Secretary-General to continue his efforts to
recover the overpayment of mission subsistence allowance in the
estimated amount of 988,443.5 dollars and to report to the General
Assembly at its fifty-second session on the results of action taken
for its recovery, including measures taken with respect to those
responsible for the overpayment;

      15.   Invites voluntary contributions to the Observation 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 and practices established by the General Assembly;

      16.   Decides to include in the provisional agenda of the
fifty-second session, under the item entitled "Financing of the
activities arising from Security Council resolution 687 (1991)", the
sub-item entitled "United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission".


                                                         101st plenary meeting
                                                                  13 June 1997


                                     Notes

1/    A/51/658/Add.1 and 2.

2/    A/51/683/Add.1.

3/    A/51/432, annex.

4/    To be adopted by the General Assembly.

 

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