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UNITED
NATIONS
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        General Assembly
A/C.5/59/SR.47
26 May 2005

Fifty-ninth session
Official Records





Fifth Committee

Summary record of the 47th meeting
Held at Headquarters, New York, on Monday, 2 May 2005, at 3 p.m.

Chairman: Mr. MacKay (New Zealand) .........................
Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions : Mr. Kuznetsov



Contents

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Agenda item 135: Financing of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in the Middle East

(a) United Nations Disengagement Observer Force

(b) United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon

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The meeting was called to order at 3.05 p.m.



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Agenda item 135: Financing of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in the Middle East


(a) United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (A/59/625, A/59/653 and Corr.1 and 2, and A/59/736/Add.4)


(b) United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (A/59/626, A/59/654 and A/59/736/Add.3)


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Review of the management structure of all peacekeeping operations (A/59/794)


Feasibility of consolidating the accounts of the various peacekeeping operations (A/59/795)

11. Mr. Sach (Controller) introduced the reports of the Secretary-General on the financing and budgets of nine ongoing peacekeeping operations and two closed peacekeeping missions as well as two notes by the Secretary-General on the review of the management structure of all peacekeeping operations (A/59/794) and on the feasibility of consolidating the accounts of the various peacekeeping operations (A/59/795). The mandate of the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) had expired on 31 December 2002. The final performance report (A/59/751) before the Committee showed that total income from the Mission’s inception on 21 December 1995 to 30 June 2004 amounted to $1.2 billion, of which assessed contributions amounted to $1.1 billion. Total expenditures for the same period amounted to $961.9 million, inclusive of savings on or cancellation of prior-period obligations of $24.8 million. Credits returned to Member States amounted to $156.9 million. The prior-period adjustments totalled $723,000. Cash assets as at 30 June 2004 amounted to $26.3 million. The net cash available amounted to $7.2 million and uncollected assessments and other receivables amounted to $37.7 million.

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18. With regard to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) (A/59/625 and A/59/653 and Corr.1 and 2), of the $40.0 million which had been appropriated for the 2003-2004 financial period, total expenditures had amounted to $39.7 million, resulting in an unencumbered balance of $300,000. For 2005-2006, the Secretary-General proposed a total amount of $41.6 million, an increase of $700,000 against the appropriation of $40.9 million for the period.

19. With respect to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) (A/59/626 and A/59/654), $90 million had been approved for 2003-2004, of which total expenditure had amounted to $89.9 million, resulting in an unencumbered balance of $100,000. For the budget period from 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2006, the Secretary-General proposed a budget of $94.3 million, an increase of $1.3 million against the appropriation of $93.0 million for the current period.

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31. The Advisory Committee recommended acceptance of the Secretary-General’s proposal for the financing of UNDOF. Given the long-standing nature of the Mission and its stability and efficiency, the Advisory Committee commended the noticeable improvements in the presentation of the results-based budgeting framework and expected an update on the extensive three-year Force modernization programme, which it also welcomed. Clear indications should be given by the Security Council before additional resources for increases in troop strength were requested and policy on the supply of armoured personnel carriers should also be rationalized.

32. Similarly, the Advisory Committee recommended acceptance of the Secretary-General’s proposal for UNIFIL which, like UNDOF, was a long-standing, stable, and well-run mission. The Advisory Committee commended UNIFIL and Headquarters for working together to introduce improved rations inventory and distribution controls and for enhancing regional cooperation in establishing a common rations contractor with UNDOF. It recommended that UNIFIL, in close cooperation with Headquarters, should continue to monitor the cost and quality of rations provided by the current vendor. It also noted the Force’s successful efforts to reduce travel expenses by, among other measures, combining Headquarters visits to United Nations missions in the Middle East. The Advisory Committee was also encouraged by the increased use of such integrated communications facilities as videoconferencing.

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The meeting rose at 4.50 p.m.



This record is subject to correction. Corrections should be sent under the signature of a member of the delegation concerned within one week of the date of publication to the Chief of the Official Records Editing Section, room DC2-750, 2 United Nations Plaza, and incorporated in a copy of the record.

Corrections will be issued after the end of the session, in a separate corrigendum for each Committee.



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