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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/51/405/Add.2
21 February 1997

Original: English

Fifty-first session
Agenda item 123 (a)


Financing of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in the Middle East:
United Nations Disengagement Observer Force

Report of the Secretary-General

Addendum

Summary
The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) was established by the Security Council on 31 May 1974. The present report contains the proposed budget of UNDOF for the 12-month period from 1 July 1997 to 30 June 1998, which amounts to $32,368,000 gross ($31,466,000 net). This reflects an overall 2.8 per cent increase in gross terms when compared with the resources approved for the preceding 12-month period from 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1997 of $31,494,000 gross. The increased requirements relate to reimbursement for contingent-owned equipment, replacement of vehicles, communications equipment and data-processing equipment, as well as for vehicle third-party liability insurance.
The budget provides for maintaining the Force, consisting of 1,036 troops (821 infantry and 215 logistics personnel), supported by 120 civilian staff (36 international and 84 local).
The actions to be taken by the General Assembly are set out in paragraph 32 of the present report, including the appropriation of $32,368,000 gross ($31,466,000 net) for the 12-month period beginning 1 July 1997 to be assessed at the monthly rate of $2,697,333 gross ($2,622,166 net), subject to the extension(s) of the Force by the Security Council, and a decision to credit Member States the surplus balance of $2,358,000 for the period from 1 December 1993 to 30 November 1994.


Contents
Paragraphs
Page
I.Introduction
1 - 3
4
II. Political mandate
4
4
III. Operational plan and requirements
5 - 12
4
IV. Financial administration
13 - 20
5
A. Financial period
13
5
B. Resources made available and operating costs from inception to 31 May 1997
14
5
C. Status of assessed contributions
15
5
D. Voluntary contributions and trust funds
16 - 17
6
E. Observations
18 - 20
6
V. Status of reimbursement to troop-contributing Governments
21 - 22
6
VI. Signature of a status-of-forces agreement
23
7
VII. Cost estimates for the period from 1 July 1997 to 30 June 1998
24 - 27
7
VIII. Staffing requirements
28
7
IX. Observations and comments on previous recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions
29 - 31
8
X. Action to be taken by the General Assembly at its fifty-first session
32
8
Annexes
I.Cost estimates for the period from 1 July 1997 to 30 June 1998
10
II.Supplementary information on the cost estimates for the period from 1 July 1997 to 30 June 1998
14
A. Mission-specific cost parameters
14
B. Requirements for non-recurrent costs
16
C. Supplementary explanation
22
III.Organizational chart
24
IV.Current and proposed staffing table
25
A. Military staffing table
25
B. Civilian staffing table
25
V.Resources made available and operating costs for the period from inception to 31 May 1997 as at 31 January 1997
26
VI.United Nations Truce Supervision Organization: estimated support costs to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force for the period from 1 January to 31 December 1997
28


I. Introduction

1. The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) was established for an initial period of six months by the Security Council in its resolution 350 (1974) of 31 May 1974. The mandate of the Force has subsequently been extended by the Council in various resolutions, the latest of which is resolution 1081 (1996) of 27 November 1996, by which the mandate of the Force was extended until 31 May 1997.

2. For the financing of UNDOF, the General Assembly, in its resolution 50/20 B of 7 June 1996, appropriated the amount of $32,254,900 gross ($31,342,900 net) for the maintenance of the Force for the period from 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1997, inclusive of the amount of $760,900 for the support account for peacekeeping operations. These amounts were to be assessed at the monthly rate of $2,687,908 gross ($2,611,908 net), subject to the decision of the Security Council to extend the mandate of the Force beyond 31 May 1996.

3. Following the extension of the mandate of UNDOF by the Security Council from 1 December 1996 to 31 May 1997, an amount of $15,154,348 gross ($14,698,348 net) was assessed on Member States after the crediting of the unencumbered balance of $1,207,700 gross ($973,100 net) for the period from 1 December 1994 to 30 November 1995, pursuant to General Assembly decision 51/438 of 16 December 1996.

II. Political mandate

4. The Protocol to the Agreement on Disengagement (S/11302/Add.1, annexes I and II) which was concluded between Israel and Syria requires UNDOF to maintain the ceasefire, to see that it is scrupulously observed and to supervise the Agreement and Protocol with regard to the areas of separation and limitation.

III. Operational plan and requirements

5. To carry out its mandate, UNDOF maintains an area of separation, which is some 80 kilometres long and varies in width between approximately 10 kilometres in the centre to less than 1 kilometre in the extreme south. The terrain is hilly and is dominated in the north by Mount Hermon which dictates the use of special vehicles designed for these type of road and terrain conditions. The highest United Nations position is at 2,800 metres altitude. The area of separation is inhabited and is policed by the Syrian authorities. No military forces other than UNDOF are permitted within it.

6. UNDOF is entirely deployed within, and close to, the area of separation with two base camps, 44 permanently manned positions and 11 observation posts. The headquarters of UNDOF is located at Camp Faouar and an office is maintained at Damascus. In addition, the Force operates patrols by day and night. The Austrian battalion is deployed in the northern part of the area of separation, while the Polish battalion is deployed in the southern part. Its base camp is Camp Ziouani. Mine-clearing is conducted by both battalions under the operational control of UNDOF headquarters.

7. The Canadian and Japanese logistic units, which are based in Camp Ziouani, with a detachment in Camp Faouar, perform the second-line general transport tasks, rotation transport, control and management of goods received by the Force and maintenance of heavy equipment.

8. First-line logistic support is internal to the contingents and includes transport of supplies to the positions. Second-line logistic support is provided by a logistics battalion and the third-line support is provided through normal supply channels by the United Nations. Damascus international airport serves as UNDOF's air head, along with Tel Aviv international airport. The seaports of Latakia and Haifa are used for sea shipments. Most requirements of the Force are procured locally in the mission area.

9. From its various positions and through its patrols, the Force supervises the area of separation and intervenes whenever any military personnel enter or try to operate therein. This is effected by means of permanently manned positions and observation posts, by foot and mobile patrols operating at irregular intervals by day and by night on predetermined routes.

10. On each side of the area of separation there is one area of limitation with three zones, one 0-10 kilometres, one 10-20 kilometres and one 20-25 kilometres wide. UNDOF inspects these areas every two weeks in order to ascertain that the agreed limitations in armaments and forces are being observed.

11. With a military strength of some 1,036 all ranks and a support civilian component of 120 staff, UNDOF is spread over the length and breadth of its area of operation. Both parties cooperate fully with the Force and, for a number of years, there have been no serious incidents.

12. The harsh terrain over which the Force operates results in less than normal life-spans for vehicles and other related equipment.

IV. Financial administration

A. Financial period

13. A financial period for UNDOF was established by the General Assembly in its decision 35/416 of 1 December 1980 covering the 12-month period from 1 December of one year to 30 November of the following year. In accordance with part I of General Assembly resolution 49/233 A of 23 December 1994, a new financial period, covering 12 months beginning on 1 July of one year and terminating on 30 June of the following year, became effective 1 July 1996.

B. Resources made available and operating costs from inception to 31 May 1997

14. As at 20 January 1997, total resources made available to the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF)/UNDOF from inception to 31 May 1997 amounted to $1,164.9 million (gross). Of that amount, credits returned to Member States amounted to $20.4 million. The estimated expenditures amount to $1,143.4 million gross ($1,127.0 million net). There is an unencumbered balance of $1,129,300 gross ($1,066,700 net) for the period from 1 December 1995 to 30 June 1996 as reported in document A/51/405/Add.1. Detailed information is presented in annex V.

C. Status of assessed contributions

15. Amounts totalling $1,126.5 million in respect of UNDOF and UNEF have been assessed on Member States for the period from inception to 31 May 1997. Contributions received as at 31 January 1997 for the same period amounted to $1,066.6 million. In addition, outstanding assessments were reduced by an amount of $4.2 million pursuant to General Assembly resolution 50/83 of 15 December 1995. The outstanding balance of $59.9 million includes an amount of $36 million transferred to a special account in accordance with General Assembly resolution 36/116 A of 10 December 1981.

D. Voluntary contributions and trust funds

16. The General Assembly, in paragraph 12 of its resolution 50/20 B, invited voluntary contributions to UNDOF both in cash and in the form of services and supplies acceptable to the Secretary-General. No voluntary contribution has been received for the period under review. The Government of Switzerland has continued to make available to UNDOF air ambulance service for the repatriation of personnel wounded or taken ill in the performance of their duties, as and when required. This service was not utilized during the period from 1 January to 31 December 1996.

17. On 14 February 1996, a trust fund to support the activities of UNDOF was established for the purpose of providing additional support to the activities of UNDOF. The Government of Japan has provided amounts totalling $221,341 to date. This amount has been authorized for expenditure.

E. Observations

18. The General Assembly, in several of its resolutions, the first of which was 33/13 E of 14 December 1978, suspended the provisions of regulations 5.2 (b), 5.2 (d), 4.3 and 4.4 of the Financial Regulations of the United Nations in respect of those amounts that otherwise would have to be surrendered pursuant to the provisions and directed that those amounts be held in suspense pending a further decision by the Assembly. The total amount placed in suspense for the period up to 30 November 1991, following the adoption of Assembly resolution 47/204 of 22 December 1992, was $64.9 million.

19. It may also be recalled that the General Assembly, in its resolution 36/116 A, decided to transfer the balance of assessed contributions of $36.0 million due from a Member State to a special account. Furthermore, under the terms of General Assembly resolution 50/83 of 15 December 1995, the amounts held in suspense were reduced by $15.3 million to partially offset the waiver of South Africa's unpaid contributions to various peacekeeping operations for the period from 30 September 1974 to 23 June 1994. After adjusting for the amounts of $36.0 million and $15.3 million, the net balance in suspense will amount to $13.6 million.

20. The audited financial statement as at 31 December 1995 covering the period from 1 December 1993 to 30 November 1994 shows that there is a surplus balance of $2,358,000, consisting of excess of income over expenditure for the 12-month period from 1 December 1993 to 30 November 1994, owing to interest income ($943,000), miscellaneous income ($328,000) and unutilized prior obligations ($1,087,000).

V. Status of reimbursement to troop-contributing Governments

21. As of 31 December 1996, troops were provided by Austria, Canada, Poland and Japan. Full reimbursement in accordance with the standard rates established by the General Assembly for troop costs has been made to these States up to 31 May 1996. It is estimated that an amount of $8.8 million is due for troop costs for the period ending 31 January 1997.

22. In the past, troops were also provided to the Force by Finland, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Peru.

VI. Signature of a status-of-forces agreement

23. No status-of-forces agreement is in force. However, by note verbale dated 22 February 1976, the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic informed the United Nations that UNDOF would be treated in accordance with the 1946 Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations.

VII. Cost estimates for the period from 1 July 1997 to 30 June 1998

24. As shown in annex I, column 2, the cost of maintaining the Force for the period from 1 July 1997 to 30 June 1998 is estimated at $32,368,000 gross ($31,466,000 net). Some 59 per cent of these amounts is based on standard cost ratios and costs contained in the Standard Ratio and Costs Manual, while 41 per cent covers mission-specific requirements. These mission-specific requirements relate to the items described in annex II, section A.

25. For comparison purposes, the approved resources for the prior 12-month period from 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1997 amounting to $31,494,000 gross ($30,582,000 net), are shown in column 1. A breakdown of the proposed budget by non-recurrent and recurrent costs are shown in columns 3 and 4, respectively. Non-recurrent costs amount to $2,517,000 gross and net while recurrent costs amount to $29,851,000 gross ($28,949,000 net).

26. Supplementary information on the cost estimates is presented in annex II. Section A provides mission-specific cost parameters, while non-recurrent requirements are provided in section B and a supplementary explanation on the cost estimates is provided in section C.

27. The proposed budget reflects an overall increase of $874,000 gross in comparison with the resources provided for the operation of the Force for the prior 12-month period from 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1997. The increase arises mainly from requirements for the leasing of contingent-owned equipment under the new programme for reimbursement to troop-contributing Governments, for the replacement of vehicles, communications equipment and data-processing equipment and under vehicle third-party liability insurance.

VIII. Staffing requirements

28. The current and proposed staffing is shown in the table below. There are no proposed changes in the staffing requirements during the budgeted period. The detailed breakdown of the staffing table is contained in annex IV.

Current and proposed staffing table
Current and
proposed staffing
Assistant Secretary-General
1
D-2
C
D-1
C
P-5
1
P-4
1
P-3
2
P-2
C
Field Service
26
General Service (other level)
5
Subtotal
36
Local staff
84
Total
120

IX. Observations and comments on previous recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions

29. In paragraph 8 of its report (A/51/684), the Advisory Committee noted that military observers from the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) had been deployed in UNDOF from the beginning of the mission. In paragraph 9 of the same report, the Advisory Committee expressed the view that the budget of UNDOF, as well as that of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), was understated by those amounts that were charged to the regular budget in relation to UNTSO. In that regard, the Advisory Committee requested the Secretary-General to submit proposals to the General Assembly, through the Advisory Committee, on how to deal with the situation.

30. The Secretary-General has considered the request of the Advisory Committee. Bearing in mind the mandates approved by the Security Council in respect of UNTSO, UNDOF and UNIFIL, which are still in force and have not been revised by the Security Council, the Secretary-General has no proposals to put forward at the present stage.

31. It may be recalled that information on UNTSO estimated support costs to UNDOF and UNIFIL for the biennium 1996-1997 was provided by the Secretariat to the Advisory Committee during its consideration of the financing of UNDOF and UNIFIL and was reflected in annex I to the Advisory Committee's report (A/51/684). Information relating to 1997 has been updated and is shown in annex VI to the present report. For comparison purposes, column 1 of the annex provides the original estimates for 1997 ($9,952,400) while column 2 shows the revised estimates ($9,526,300).

X. Action to be taken by the General Assembly at its fifty-first session

32. The actions to be taken by the General Assembly at its fifty-first session in connection with the financing of UNDOF are as follows:

(a) The appropriation of the amount of $32,368,000 gross ($31,466,000 net) for the 12-month period beginning 1 July 1997, to be assessed at the monthly rate of $2,697,333 gross ($2,622,166 net), subject to the extension(s) of the Force by the Security Council;

(b) A decision to credit Member States the surplus balance of $2,358,000 for the period from 1 December 1993 to 30 November 1994 against their assessments in respect of such future mandate periods as may be approved by the Security Council.

Annex II
Supplementary information on the cost estimates for the period
from 1 July 1997 to 30 June 1998

A. Mission-specific cost parameters
Proposed estimates
Previous
submission
if different
Average
strength
Rotation
or unit
cost
Daily
cost
Monthly
cost
Annual
cost

Description
(United States dollars)
Explanation
1. Military personnel
Infantry 821
Logistic/support 215
2. Travel costs
Military personnel
Israel 53 Trips
605
Syrian Arab Republic 68 448
Lebanon 67 289
Force Commander's driver 18 173
3. Subsistence allowance
International staff
Jerusalem 191 Days
50
Tel Aviv 230 40
Haifa 127 30
Nahariya 71 30
Lattakia 108 30
4. Contingent-owned equipment 421 000 See section C for additional information
5. Death and disability 300 000 See section C for additional information
6. Welfare (other) 5.12
7. Rations 5.50
8. Civilian personnel See section C for additional information
International staff 36
Local staff21 658 84 21 658 Includes $5,000 for common staff costs and $2,800 for staff ssessment
9. Rental of premises
Quebec House No. 1 2 000
Quebec House No. 2 600
Sewage disposal place 600
Garbage disposal place 800
Garage in Tiberias 7 400
10. Utilities
Electricity 17 000
Water 3 083
11. Vehicles
Civilian pattern 302
Military pattern 81
12. Spare parts, repairs and maintenance of vehicles
Civilian pattern 1 200
Military pattern 5 500
13. Vehicle insurance
Civilian pattern196 425 Current rate for worldwide vehicle third-party liability insurance premium
Military pattern250 286
14. Commercial communications
Commercial telex/telegram 9 000
Pouch 10 000
Satellite communications 42 000

B. Requirements for non-recurrent costs

(United States dollars)
Current
inventory
ReplacementAdditional purchaseUnit
cost
Total
cost
1. Military personnel costs C
2. Civilian personnel costs C
3. Premises/accommodation
Rental of premises C
Alteration and renovation to premises C
Maintenance supplies C
Maintenance services C
Utilities C
Construction/prefabricated buildings C
Prefabricated accommodation 61CCC C
Ablution units2 C CCC
Kitchen/dining facilities 2CCC C
Offices14 CCCC
Refrigeration units10 CCCC
Storage13 CCCC
Workshops3 C CCC
Sea containers12 CCCC
Other12 CCCC
Subtotal 129C C CC
Construction of premises
Austrian battalion
Install new generator hut at positions 12, 27 and 32 ($31,500); new guard house at position 30 ($2,500); fuel tank ($1,200); central heating at building 118 ($13,000) 48 200
Polish battalion
Renovate buildings 207 and 209 at Camp Zouani ($47,000); buildings 12 and 13 at position 80 ($36,000); store buildings at positions 81 and 82 ($24,000);
Upgrade position 63 by contract ($36,000); bath and store ($16,000); and gym building at position 85 ($9,000) 168 000
Canadian logistics
Installation at the workshops ($30,000) 30 000
Headquarters
Replacement of a sewage line in Camp Faouar ($30,000); installation of oil drainage separator facilities by contract at Camp Faouar ($44,000); construction of a new tower in Camp Faouar ($40,000) 114 000
Subtotal, construction of premises 360 200
Upgrading of roads
Austrian battalion
Road improvement at position 33 ($1,000); concrete approach at position 25 ($1,500); patrol roads in the area of separation ($20,000) 22 500
Polish battalion
Patrol roads in the area of separation ($30,000) 30 000
Canadian logistics
Upgrading 5,000 square metres asphalt pavement and 8,000 square metres gravelled surface 10 000
Headquarters
Upgrading of road at Mt. Hermon ($20,000) 20 000
Subtotal, upgrading of roads 82 500
Subtotal 442 700
Total, line 3 442 700
4. Infrastructure repairs C
5. Transport operations
Purchase of vehicles
Sedan, heavy4CCC C
Sedan, medium CCCC C
Sedan, light 37CCC C
Jeep, light, 4x4 6CCC C
Jeep, medium, 4x4 12240C25 0001 000 000
Jeep, heavy, 4x4 6CCC C
Bus, light 424C15 00060 000
Bus, medium 92C40 00080 000
Truck, ambulance 9CCC C
Truck, cargo, light 412C18 00036 000
Truck, cargo, medium37CCC C
Truck, cargo, medium, with crane2CC C C
Truck, cargo, heavy1CC C C
Truck, crane, medium1CC C C
Truck, dump5CCC C
Truck, fuel, 4x4 5CCC C
Truck, fire, 4x4, foam and water2CC C C
Truck, mobile workshopCCC C C
Truck, refrigerator5CC C C
Truck, sewage2CCC C
Truck, water, 4x4 10CCC C
Truck, recovery, medium1CCC C
Truck, recovery, heavy2CCC C
Truck, tractor (tractor-trailer)3CC C C
Tractor, personnel, over snow, medium4 C CCC
Tractor, snowblower 1CCC C
Excavator 1CCC C
Bulldozer 3CCC C
Road grader 1CCC C
Front end loader, tractor mounted, light1CC C C
Front end loader, heavy1CC C C
Forklift, warehouse6CC C C
Forklift, heavy duty1CC C C
Armoured vehicles
Tracked4CCC C
Wheeled8CCC C
Subtotal 38348 CC1 176 000
Freight at 15 per cent 176 400
Subtotal 38348 1 352 400
Rental of vehiclesCCCC C
Workshop equipment
Replacement of workshop equipment 89 000
Freight at 12 per cent 10 700
Subtotal 99 700
Spare parts, repairs and maintenanceCCC C C
Petrol, oil and lubricantsCCCC C
InsuranceCC C CC
Total, line 5 38348 1 452 100
6. Air operations C
7. Naval operations C
8. Communications
(a) Complementary communications
Communications equipment
VHF equipment
Repeaters20CC C
Base stations20 6C1 200 7 200
Mobile sets30030C50015 000
Portable sets9020C50010 000
Pagers4010 2502 500
Military VHF setsCCC C C
HF equipment
Base stations4CC C C
Mobile sets2 C CCC
Microwavelink, 30 channels181 C 50 00050 000
Multiplex channels702 C 5 00010 000
Battery chargers, 24/48 volts8CC C C
Satellite equipment
VSAT1CCC C
Military pattern communications equipment
Military field switchboard37 CCCC
Military radio sets37920 C3 00060 000
Battery chargers19CC C C
Loudspeakersa CCCC
Handsets115CCC C
Telephone equipment
PABX civilian15CCC C
Rural telephone links952 C 7 50015 000
Field telephones36220 C1 26025 200
Telephone exchanges36 4C5 000 20 000
Rural telephones35CC C C
Desk telephones800 CCCC
Subtotal 2 466115 CC214 900
Spare parts and suppliesCCCC C
Workshop and test equipment 58 400
Commercial communications C CCCC
Subtotal, line 8 (a)2 466115 CC273 300
(b) Main trunking contractCCC C C
Total, line 82 466 115C C 273 300
9. Other equipment
Office furniture
Desk, executive, double pedestal187C C CC
Desk, executive, single pedestal153C C CC
Desk, typist 102CCC C
Wall exhaust, ventilators31CCC C
Shelving unit, storage steel267C C CC
Bookcase, unassembled14CC
Chair, rotary with arms237C C CC
Chair, padded with arms85CCC C
Chair, executive swivel43CCC C
Chair, standard upholstered stack467C C CC
Chair, office metal 290CCC C
Table, modular PC station115CCC C
Table, office 350CCC C
Filing cabinet, 2 drawers54CCC C
Filing cabinet, 4 drawers221CCC C
Office equipment
Copiers, large111 C 18 00018 000
Copiers, medium 23CCC C
Copiers, small a5 C 9954 975
Facsimile machines 304C1 3005 200
Overhead projectors CCCC C
Shredders 55C1 3006 500
Typewriters 286CCC C
Lamp, desk 101CCC C
Oscillating desk fan98CCC C
Wall clock 70CCC C
Calculator, with printer132CCC C
Subtotal 3 50315 C 34 675
Data-processing equipment
Desktop 22740C1 80072 000
Laptop26 5C2 600 13 000
Notebook 24CCC C
Servers 61CC 18 000
Printers 1073C300900
Subtotal 39049 103 900
Generators
Below 50 kVA 1014C10 10040 400
50-110 kVA 21CCC C
Above 110 kVA 10CCC C
Subtotal 1324 C 40 400
Observation equipment
Night observation device1112C3 0006 000
Binocular survey 43CCC C
Binocular hand held 12410C3003 000
Search lights 54CCC C
Stream lights 1095C180900
Compass C CCCC
Subtotal 44117 9 900
Petrol tank plus metering equipment C
Medical and dental equipment 50 000
Accommodation equipment 60 000
Miscellaneous equipment 50 000
Field defence equipment C
Water purification equipment C
Refrigeration equipment C
Spare parts, repairs and maintenance C
Total, line 9 348 875
10. Supplies and services C
11. Election-related supplies and services C
12. Public information programmes C


13. Training programmes C
14. Mine-clearing programmes C
15. Assistance for disarmament and demobilization C
16. Air and surface freight C
17. United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi C
18. Support account for peacekeeping operations C
19. Staff assessment C
Total, lines 1-19 2 517 000
aExpendable property and non-attractive items with a value of less than $1,500: The current United Nations regulations do not require missions to maintain a central inventory of such items.


C. Supplementary explanation

1. Emplacement, rotation and repatriation of troops . Provision is made for the cost of rotating contingents upon completion of their tour of duty of approximately six months' duration and for the cost of repatriating individual members of the Force for commercial, compassionate, medical or other reasons. This estimate also includes the cost of chartered aircraft as well as transportation between airports of arrival/departure, baggage services and ground handling charges. The reduced requirement compared with the previous amounts budgeted under this heading was due to the fact that there have been significant savings under this heading for the last two periods as a result of more favourable rates obtained for both commercial and government aircraft.

2. Contingent-owned equipment . The estimate includes provision for the wet lease cost of 22 military pattern vehicles (4 2.5-5 ton cargo trucks; 5 jeep type cargo trucks; 1 snow blower; 3 over snow; 1 6-10 ton cargo truck; 1 light, front loader; 1 medium bulldozer; 1 medium, mobile crane; 1 excavator; 1 trailer truck; and 1 heavy transporter) assumed to be leased by the United Nations during the budget period in accordance with the new procedure for determining reimbursement to Member States for contingent-owned equipment ($368,000). This estimate is based on the available lease rates provided in document A/C.5/49/70. If a new contingent-owned equipment programme is not effected, the cost for direct purchase of the above-mentioned military vehicles will be $2.5 million.

3. In addition, the estimate under this heading provides for partial payment to troop-contributing Governments of the cost of contingent-owned equipment furnished to their contingents at the request of the United Nations ($52,500). The estimated cost is based on the former approved general guidelines, which provide for payment over a period of 4 years or a period of 10 years. After full payment has been made the ownership of an item vests in the United Nations unless otherwise agreed upon for specific items.

4. Death and disability compensation . This estimate provides for the reimbursement to troop-contributing Governments for payments made by them to members of their military personnel for death, injury, disability or illness resulting from service with UNDOF, based on past experience.

5. Other travel costs under civilian personnel cost . The cost estimate includes provision for travel and subsistence allowance for two internal auditors for two trips between New York and the mission area ($7,000) and subsistence allowance for 14 days ($6,440). It also includes provision for the travel and subsistence expenses of the Force Commander ($6,720) and the Chief Administrative Officer ($6,720) to New York for consultations.

6. International staff salaries . Salaries and common staff costs of internationally recruited staff are estimated on the basis of the 1997 standard cost rates for New York while local salaries reflect the scale currently applicable in the mission area. The estimate provides for 36 international and 84 local staff for the 12-month period from 1 July 1997 to 30 June 1998.

7. General temporary assistance . Provision is made for the replacement of locally recruited staff on maternity and extended sick leave.

8. Vehicle insurance . Increases from $196 to $425 per civilian pattern vehicle per annum and from $250 to $286 per military pattern vehicle per annum in worldwide vehicle third-party liability insurance premium rates for the Middle East area, effective 1 June 1996.

9. Data-processing equipment . No budgetary provision has been made for the replacement of data-processing equipment since the 1992-1993 financial period. As a result, all data-processing equipment in UNDOF will be more than five years old during the forthcoming financial period, hence the requirements requested.

10. United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi . No provision is made under this heading since the budget of the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi will be presented separately to the General Assembly.

11. Support account for peacekeeping operations . No provision is made under this heading since the budget for the support account will be presented separately to the General Assembly at its fifty-first session.

12. Air and surface freight . This estimate provides for the cost of shipping and handling of supplies and equipment for which no provision has been made elsewhere.

13. Staff assessment . The estimate represents the difference between gross and net emoluments, that is, the amount of staff assessment to which United Nations staff members are subject, in accordance with the Staff Regulations of the United Nations.

14. Income from staff assessment . Staff assessment requirements provided for under expenditure line item 19 have been credited to this item as income from staff assessment and are credited to the Tax Equalization Fund established by the General Assembly in resolution 973 A (X) of 5 December 1955. Member States are given credit in the Fund in proportion to their respective rates of contribution to the UNDOF budget.

15. Other income . Included under this heading is the estimated income to be derived from the sale of obsolete or surplus equipment and stores.

Annex V
Resources made available and operating costs for the period
from inception to 31 May 1997

as at 31 January 1997

(Millions of United States dollars)
Gross
Net
A. Summary of resources
1. Resources
Inception to 30 November 1995
Appropriations
1 116.6
1 101.0
1 December 1995 to 31 May 1996
Appropriation (resolution 50/20 B)
16.1
15.6
1 to 30 June 1996
Appropriation (resolution 50/20 B)
2.7
2.6
1 July to 30 November 1996
Appropriation (resolution 50/20 B)
13.4
13.1
1 December 1996 to 31 May 1997
Appropriation (resolution 50/20 B)
16.1
15.7
Total, line 1
1 164.9
1 148.0
2. Operating costs
Inception to 30 November 1995
Net expenditure
1 096.2
1 081.0
1 December 1995 to 31 May 1996
Net expenditure
15.0
14.6
1 to 30 June 1996
Net expenditure
2.7
2.6
1 July to 30 November 1996
Net expenditure
13.4
13.1
1 December 1996 to 31 May 1997
Net expenditure
16.1
15.7
Total, line 2
1 143.4
1 127.0
3. Credits applied to Member States
From unencumbered balances
4.5
4.1
From surpluses for prior years
15.9
15.9
Total, line 3
20.4
20.0
4. Unencumbered balance
1.1
1.0
(1 less 2 and 3)
B. Cash position
1. Income
Assessed contributions received
1 066.6
1 066.6
Voluntary contributions in kind
C
C
Voluntary contributions in cash
C
C
Interest income
1.8
1.8
Miscellaneous income
C
C
Total, line 1
1 068.4
1 068.4
2. Less net operating costs
Inception to 30 November 1995
1 096.2
1 081.0
1 December 1995 to 31 May 1996
15.0
14.6
1 to 30 June 1996
2.7
2.6
1 July to 30 November 1996
13.4
13.1
1 December 1996 to 31 May 1997
16.1
15.7
Total, line 2
1 143.4
1 127.0
3. Projected operating deficit
75.0
58.6
(1 less 2)


Annex VI
United Nations Truce Supervision Organization:
estimated support costs to the United Nations
Disengagement Observer Force for the period
from 1 January to 31 December 1997

(Thousands of United States dollars)
(1)
Original
1997a
(2)
Revised
1997b
1. Military personnel costs
Military observers
Mission subsistence allowance1 679.01 679.0
Travel cost 442.8442.8
Clothing and equipment allowance 18.018.0
Total, line 12 139.82 139.8
2. Civilian personnel costs
International staff3 513.73 567.0
Local staff2 771.4 2 523.4
Total, line 26 285.16 090.4
3. Premises/accommodation
Rental of premises and maintenance15.015.0
Utilities30.2 30.2
Total, line 345.245.2
4. Transport operations
Vehicle replacement283.0283.0
Spare parts, repairs and maintenance79.779.7
Petrol, oil and lubricants 65.665.6
Total, line 4428.3428.3
5. Communications 4.24.2
6. Other equipment
Spare parts, repairs and maintenance63.063.0
Replacement of furniture and equipment44.944.9
Total, line 6107.9107.9
7. Supplies and services
Miscellaneous services 38.538.5
Uniforms for Field Service staff 44.644.6
Miscellaneous supplies86.986.9
Total, line 7170.0170.0
Total9 180.58 985.8
Staff assessment771.9540.5
Total, gross9 952.49 526.3
a Information provided to the ACABQ, as reflected in the Committee's report (A/51/684, annex I).
b Original 1977 estimates adjusted to revised 1997 rates, as contained in the first performance report for the biennium 1996-1997 (A/C.5/51/38).


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