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Anotated Agenda Items of the 63rd session:

139. Financing of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea

The Security Council, by its resolution 1312 (2000) of 31 July 2000, established the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), consisting of up to 100 military observers and the necessary civilian support staff until 31 January 2001. Subsequently, by its resolution 1320 (2000) of 15 September 2000, the Security Council authorized the deployment within UNMEE of up to 4,200 troops, including up to 220 military observers.

By its resolution 1430 (2002) of 14 August 2002, the Security Council decided to adjust the mandate of UNMEE in order to assist the Boundary Commission in the expeditious and orderly implementation of its Delimitation Decision, to include with immediate effect demining in key areas to support demarcation and administrative and logistical support of the field offices of the Boundary Commission with the costs of civilian demining contractors and field office support to be funded from the Trust Fund in support of the delimitation and demarcation of the Ethiopia-Eritrea border.

By its resolution 1560 (2004) of 14 September 2004, the Security Council approved the adjustments to UNMEE, including its presence and operations, as recommended by the Secretary-General in paragraphs 13 to 18 of his report (S/2004/708).

By its resolution 1622 (2005) of 13 September 2005, the Security Council approved the reconfiguration of the UNMEE military component, including an increase in the number of military observers by 10, within the existing overall mandated strength of UNMEE, and the assistance to the parties in the mine action sector, as recommended by the Secretary-General in paragraphs 11 and 42 of his report (S/2005/553). By its resolution 1681 (2006) of 31 May 2006, the Security Council authorized the reconfiguration of the UNMEE military component and in that regard approved the deployment within UNMEE of up to 2,300 troops, including up to 230 military observers, with the existing mandate, as stipulated in resolution 1320 (2000) and further adjusted in resolution 1430 (2002).

By its resolution 1741 (2007) of 30 January 2007, the Security Council approved the reconfiguration of the military component of UNMEE from the current 2,300 to 1,700 military personnel, including 230 military observers, in accordance with option I, as described in paragraphs 24 and 25 of the special report of the Secretary‑General (S/2006/992), and decided to maintain the current mandate and maximum authorized force levels, as stipulated in resolution 1320 (2000) and further adjusted in resolutions 1430 (2002) and 1681 (2006); and stressed the need to preserve sufficient military capacity for UNMEE to implement its mandate.

By its resolution 1827 (2008) of 30 July 2008, the Security Council decided to terminate UNMEE’s mandate effective on 31 July 2008, emphasized that that termination was without prejudice to Ethiopia and Eritrea’s obligations under the Algiers Agreements and called upon both countries to cooperate fully with the United Nations including in the process of liquidation of UNMEE.

At its resumed sixty-second session in June 2008, the General Assembly decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNMEE the amount of $105,010,000 for the period from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009, inclusive of $100,367,400 for the maintenance of the Mission, $4,047,100 for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $595,500 for the United Nations Logistics Base; also decided to apportion among Member States the amount of $8,750,833 for the period from 1 to 31 July 2008 and to set off against the apportionment among Member States their respective share in the Tax Equalization Fund of the amount of $231,307 for the same period; further decided to apportion among Member States the amount of $46,075,167, comprising the amount of $41,819,750 for the maintenance of the Mission for the period from 1 August to 31 December 2008 at a monthly rate of $8,363,950 and the amount of $4,255,717 for the support account and the United Nations Logistics Base for the period from 1 August 2008 to 30 June 2009 at a monthly rate of $386,883, subject to a decision of the Security Council to extend the mandate of the Mission; decided to set off against the apportionment among Member States their respective share in the Tax Equalization Fund of $1,374,493 for the period from 1 August 2008 to 30 June 2009; and decided also that the decrease of $32,900 in the estimated staff assessment income in respect of the financial period ended 30 June 2007 should be set off against the credits from the amount of $18,012,400 referred to in paragraphs 19 and 20 of the resolution (resolution 62/259).

DOCUMENTS:
a Reports of the Secretary-General:
 

Budget for UNMEE for the period from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010 (resolution 62/259)

Performance report on the budget of UNMEE for the period from 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008
b Reports of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions.

 

REFERENCES:
...for the sixty-second session (agenda items 148)
  Performance report on the budget of UNMEE for the period from 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2007 (A/62/560 & Corr.1)
Budget for UNMEE for the period from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009 (A/62/811)

Reports of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (A/62/781/Add.17 & Corr.1)

  Summary records A/C.5/62/SR.49 & 51
Report of the Fifth Committee A/62/872
Plenary meetings A/62/PV.109
Resolutions 62/259