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A/RES/51/236


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

9 July 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 133


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

            [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/51/503/Add.1)]


            51/236.     Financing of the United Nations
                        Observer Mission in Georgia

      The General Assembly,

      Having considered the report of the Secretary-General on the
financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia, 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 resolution 854 (1993) of 6 August
1993, by which the Council approved the deployment of an advance team
of up to ten United Nations military observers for a period of three
months and the incorporation of the advance team into a United Nations
observer mission if such a mission was formally established by the
Council,

      Recalling also Security Council resolution 858 (1993) of 24
August 1993, by which the Council decided to establish the United
Nations Observer Mission in Georgia, and the subsequent resolutions by
which the Council extended the mandate of the Observer Mission, the
latest of which was resolution 1096 (1997) of 30 January 1997,

      Recalling further its decision 48/475 A of 23 December 1993 on
the financing of the Observer Mission and its subsequent resolutions
and decisions thereon, the latest of which was decision 51/406 of 17
October 1996,

      Reaffirming that the costs of the Observer 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 Observer 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,

      Noting with appreciation that voluntary contributions have been
made to the Observer Mission,

      Mindful of the fact that it is essential to provide the Observer
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 Observer Mission in Georgia as at 15 May 1997, including the
contributions outstanding in the amount of 6 million United States
dollars, representing 12 per cent of the total assessed contributions
from the inception of the Observer Mission to the period ending 30
June 1997, notes that some 20 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 Observer
Mission 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 Observer Mission is administered with a maximum of
efficiency and economy;

      7.    Decides to appropriate to the Special Account for the United
Nations Observer Mission in Georgia the amount of 18,580,500 dollars
gross (17,582,100 dollars net) for the maintenance of the Observer
Mission for the period from 1 July 1997 to 30 June 1998, inclusive of
the amount of 765,300 dollars for the support account for peacekeeping
operations, to be assessed on Member States at a monthly rate of
1,548,375 dollars gross (1,465,175 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 Observer
Mission beyond 31 July 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 998,400 dollars approved for the
Observer Mission for the period from 1 July 1997 to 30 June 1998;

      9.    Decides further that, for Member States that have fulfilled
their financial obligations to the Observer Mission, there shall be
set off against the apportionment, as provided for in paragraph 7
above, their respective share in the unencumbered balance of 1,056,950
dollars gross (831,900 dollars net) in respect of the period ending 30
June 1996;

      10.   Decides that, for Member States that have not fulfilled
their financial obligations to the Observer Mission, their share of
the unencumbered balance of 1,056,950 dollars gross (831,900 dollars
net) for the period ending 30 June 1996 shall be set off against their
outstanding obligations;

      11.   Invites voluntary contributions to the Observer 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;

      12.   Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its
fifty-second session the item entitled "Financing of the United
Nations Observer Mission in Georgia".


                                                         101st plenary meeting
                                                                  13 June 1997


                                     Notes

1/    A/51/793 and Add.1.

2/    A/51/855.

3/    A/51/432, annex.

4/    To be adopted by the General Assembly.

 

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