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A/RES/51/3


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

29 October 1996

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 135


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/51/504)]


            51/3.       Financing of the United Nations
                        Observer Mission in Liberia

      The General Assembly,

      Having considered the report of the Secretary-General on the
financing of the United Nations Observer Mission in Liberia 1/ and the
related report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and
Budgetary Questions, 2/ 

      Recalling Security Council resolution 866 (1993) of 22 September
1993, by which the Council established the United Nations Observer
Mission in Liberia, and subsequent resolutions by which the Council
extended the mandate of the Observer Mission, the latest of which was
resolution 1071 (1996) of 30 August 1996, and resolution 1020 (1995)
of 10 November 1995, by which the Council adjusted the mandate of the
Observer Mission,

      Recalling also its decision 48/478 of 23 December 1993 on the
financing of the Observer Mission and its subsequent resolutions and
decisions thereon, the latest of which was decision 50/482 B of 17
September 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 decision regarding the fact that, in order
to meet the expenditures caused by the Observer Mission, 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
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 Liberia as at 30 September 1996, including
the contributions unpaid in the amount of 10,511,972 United States
dollars, representing 13 per cent of the total assessed contributions
from the inception of the Observer Mission to the period ending 31
March 1996, notes that some 30 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 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 all United Nations activities related to the Liberian
peace process are administered in a coordinated fashion with a maximum
of efficiency and economy;

      7.    Decides to appropriate to the Special Account for the United
Nations Observer Mission in Liberia the amount of 14,016,000 dollars
gross (13,186,800 dollars net) for the maintenance of the Observer
Mission for the twelve-month period from 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1997,
inclusive of the amount of 791,800 dollars for the support account for
peacekeeping operations, equivalent to a monthly rate of 1,168,000
dollars gross (1,098,900 dollars net), subject to the decision of the
Security Council to extend the mandate of the Observer Mission;

      8.    Decides also that the apportionment for the period from
1 July to 30 November 1996 in the amount of 5,840,000 dollars gross
(5,494,500 dollars net) will be made at a later date following the
review of the performance report of the Observer Mission for the
period from 1 July 1995 to 30 June 1996;

      9.    Decides further to apportion among Member States the amount
of 8,176,000 dollars gross (7,692,300 dollars net) for the period from
1 December 1996 to 30 June 1997 at the rate of 1,168,000 dollars gross
(1,098,900 dollars net) per month, subject to the decision of the
Security Council to extend the mandate of the Observer Mission beyond
30 November 1996, 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 and 50/224 of 11 April 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 years 1996 and
1997, as set out in its resolution 49/19 B of 23 December 1994 and its
decision 50/471 A of 23 December 1995;

      10.   Decides 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 69,100 dollars per month approved
for the Observer Mission for the period from 1 December 1996 to 30
June 1997;

      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 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;

      12.   Decides to keep the item entitled "Financing of the United
Nations Observer Mission in Liberia" under review during the fifty-
first session.

                                                          38th plenary meeting
                                                               17 October 1996


                                     Notes

1/          A/50/650/Add.4.

2/          A/51/423.

 

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