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A/RES/51/237


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

10 July 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 138


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/51/920)]


            51/237.     Financing of the United Nations
                        Mission of Observers in Tajikistan

      The General Assembly,

      Having considered the report of the Secretary-General on the
financing of the United Nations Mission of Observers in Tajikistan, 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 968 (1994) of 16 December
1994, by which the Council established the United Nations Mission of
Observers in Tajikistan, and the subsequent resolutions by which the
Council extended the mandate of the Mission of Observers, the latest
of which was resolution 1099 (1997) of 14 March 1997,

      Recalling also its resolutions 49/240 of 31 March 1995 and 50/238
of 7 June 1996 on the financing of the Mission of Observers,

      Reaffirming that the costs of the Mission of Observers 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 of Observers, 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 Mission of Observers,

      Mindful of the fact that it is essential to provide the Mission
of Observers 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 Mission of Observers in Tajikistan as at 15 May 1997,
including the contributions outstanding in the amount of 2,508,489
United States dollars, representing 13 per cent of the total assessed
contributions from the inception of the Mission of Observers to the
period ending 15 June 1997, notes that some 13 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 Mission
of Observers 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/ and the report of the Office of Internal Oversight
Services; 3/

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

      7.    Decides to appropriate to the Special Account for the United
Nations Mission of Observers in Tajikistan the amount of 8,275,700
dollars gross (7,721,300 dollars net) for the maintenance of the
Mission of Observers for the period from 1 July 1997 to 30 June 1998,
inclusive of the amount of 308,000 dollars for the support account for
peacekeeping operations, to be assessed on Member States at a monthly
rate of 689,642 dollars gross (643,442 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 Mission of
Observers beyond 15 June 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 554,400 dollars approved 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 Mission of Observers, there shall
be set off against the apportionment, as provided for in paragraph 7
above, their respective share in the unencumbered balance of 1,548,000
dollars gross (1,402,800 dollars net) in respect of the period from 17
June to 15 December 1995;

      10.   Decides that, for Member States that have not fulfilled
their financial obligations to the Mission of Observers, their share
of the unencumbered balance of 1,548,000 dollars gross (1,402,800
dollars net) for the period from 17 June to 15 December 1995 shall be
set off against their outstanding obligations;

      11.   Decides also that, for Member States that have fulfilled
their financial obligations to the Mission of Observers, there shall
be set off against the apportionment, as provided for in paragraph 7
above, their respective share in the unencumbered balance of 1,312,200
dollars gross (1,260,800 dollars net) in respect of the period from 16
December 1995 to 30 June 1996;

      12.   Decides further that, for Member States that have not
fulfilled their financial obligations to the Mission of Observers,
their share of the unencumbered balance of 1,312,200 dollars gross
(1,260,800 dollars net) for the period from 16 December 1995 to 30
June 1996 shall be set off against their outstanding obligations;

      13.   Invites voluntary contributions to the Mission of Observers
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;

      14.   Invites Member States to make voluntary contributions to the
trust fund established in accordance with paragraph 13 of Security
Council resolution 968 (1994);

      15.   Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
second session the item entitled "Financing of the United Nations
Mission of Observers in Tajikistan".


                                                         101st plenary meeting
                                                                  13 June 1997


                                     Notes

1/    A/51/784 and Add.1 and 2.

2/    A/51/850.

3/    A/51/432, annex.


4/    To be adopted by the General Assembly.

 

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