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UNITED
NATIONS
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        General Assembly
A/C.5/53/L.58
14 May 1999

Fifty-third session
Fifth Committee
Agenda item 122 (b)
Financing of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in the Middle East:
United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon


Draft resolution submitted by Guyana*


Financing of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon


The General Assembly,

Reaffirming its resolutions 51/233 of 13 June 1997 and 52/237 of 26 June 1998,

Having considered the reports of the Secretary-General on the financing of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, 1/ and the related reports of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, 2/

Bearing in mind Security Council resolution 425 (1978) of 19 March 1978, by which the Council established the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, and the subsequent resolutions by which the Council extended the mandate of the Force, the latest of which was Security Council resolution 1223 (1999) of 28 January 1999,

Recalling its resolution S-8/2 of 21 April 1978 on the financing of the Force and the subsequent resolutions thereon, the latest of which was resolution 52/237,

Reaffirming that the costs of the Force 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 Force, 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,

Noting with appreciation that voluntary contributions have been made to the Force,

Mindful of the fact that it is essential to provide the Force with the necessary financial resources to enable it to fulfil its responsibilities under the relevant resolutions of the Security Council,

Concerned that the Secretary-General continues to face difficulties in meeting the obligations of the Force on a current basis, including reimbursement to current and former troop-contributing States,

Concerned also that the surplus balances in the Special Account for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon have been used to meet expenses of the Force in order to compensate for the lack of income resulting from non-payment and late payment by Member States of their contributions,

1. Takes note of the status of contributions to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon as at 30 April 1999, including the contributions outstanding in the amount of 119,646,994 United States dollars, representing 4 per cent of the total assessed contributions from the inception of the Force to the period ending 30 June 1999, notes that some 12 per cent of the Member States have paid their assessed contributions in full, and urges all other Member States concerned, particularly those in arrears, to ensure the payment of their outstanding assessed contributions;

2. Express its deep concern that Israel did not comply with General Assembly resolutions 51/233 of 13 June 1997 and 52/237 of 26 June 1998;

3. Stresses once again that Israel should strictly abide by General Assembly resolutions 51/233 and 52/237;

4. Expresses concern about the financial situation with regard to peacekeeping activities, in particular as regards the reimbursements of troop contributors, which bear additional burdens owing to overdue payments by Member States of their assessments;

5. Expresses its appreciation to those Member States which have paid their assessed contributions in full;

6. Urges all Member States to make every possible effort to ensure the payment of their assessed contributions to the Force in full and on time;

7. Takes note of the report of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions; 3/

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

9. Also requests the Secretary-General, in order to reduce the cost of employing General Service staff, to continue his efforts to recruit local staff for the Force against General Service posts, commensurate with the requirements of the Force;

10. Decides to revise the amount of the commitment authority granted in paragraph 7 of General Assembly resolution 51/233 in connection with the costs resulting from the incident at Qana on 18 April 1996 and, correspondingly, the amount to be borne by Israel as decided in paragraph 8 of the same resolution, from 1,773,618 United States dollars to 1,284,633 dollars;

11. Reiterates its request to the Secretary-General to take the necessary measures to ensure the full implementation of paragraph 8 of General Assembly resolution 51/233 and paragraph 5 of General Assembly resolution 52/237, stresses once again that Israel shall pay the amount of 1,284,633 dollars resulting from the incident at Qana on 18 April 1996, and requests the Secretary-General to report on this matter to the General Assembly at its fifty-fourth session;

12. Takes note of the additional requirements of 57,600 dollar gross (844,000 dollars net) for the period from 1 July 1997 to 30 June 1998, which will be covered by the liquidation of obligations no longer required for the same period;

13. Decides to appropriate to the Special Account for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon the amount of dollars gross ( dollars net) for the maintenance of the Force for the period from 1 July 1999 to 30 June 2000, inclusive of the amount of dollars for the support account for peacekeeping operations and the amount dollars for the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi;

14. Decides also, as an ad hoc arrangement, to apportion the amount of dollars gross ( dollars net) for the period from 1 to 31 July 1999 among Member States, 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, 51/218 A to C of 18 December 1996 and 52/230 of 31 March 1998 and its decisions 48/472 A of 23 December 1993 and 50/451 B and 50/471 A of 23 December 1995, and taking into account the scale of assessments for the years 1999 and 2000, as set out in its resolution 52/215 A of 22 December 1997;

15. Decides further 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 14 above, their respective share in the Tax Equalization Fund of the estimated staff assessment income of dollars approved for the period from 1 to 31 July 1999;

16. Decides, as an ad hoc arrangement, to apportion among Member States the amount of dollars gross ( dollars net) for the period from 1 August 1999 to 30 June 2000, at a monthly rate of dollars gross ( dollars net) in accordance with the scheme set out in the present resolution and taking into account the scale of assessments for the years 1999 and 2000 as set out in its resolution 52/215 A of 22 December 1997, subject to the decision of the Security Council to extend the mandate of the Force beyond 31 July 1999;

17. 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 16 above, their respective share in the Tax Equalization Fund of the estimated staff assessment income of dollars approved for the period from 1 August 1999 to 30 June 2000;

18. Invites voluntary contributions to the Force 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;

19. Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-fourth session, under the item entitled Financing of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in the Middle East, the sub-item entitled United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.


*On behalf of the States Members of the United Nations that are members of the Group of 77 and China.
Notes

1/ A/53/797 and A/53/819.

2/ A/53/895 and Add.1.

3/ A/53/895/Add.1.



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