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GA/AB/3049
29 November 1995


FIFTH COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS $18.8 MILLION FOR DISENGAGEMENT FORCE ON SYRIAN GOLAN HEIGHTS

Also Concludes Discussion of United Nations Financial Situation


The General Assembly would authorize up to approximately $18.8 million gross ($18.2 million net) for United Nations Disengagement Force (UNDOF) on the Syrian Golan Heights for the period 1 December 1995 to 30 June 1996, under the terms of a draft resolution approved without a vote by the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) this afternoon.

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By the terms of the draft text, the authorization would be at a rate of not to exceed $2.7 million gross ($2.6 million net) monthly up to 30 June 1996. The sums would be apportioned among Member States on an ad hoc basis. The Assembly would set off against the apportionment of Member States' respective share in an unencumbered balance of $805,000 gross ($891,000 net) for the period 1 December 1993 to 30 November 1994. The Assembly would also appropriate for UNDOF $16.1 million gross ($15.6 million net), previously authorized and apportioned, for the period 1 June to 30 November 1995.

The Security Council yesterday renewed UNDOF's mandate for another six months, until 31 May 1996, by unanimously adopting resolution 1024 (1995). The UNDOF was set up in 1974 to supervise the cease-fire called for by the May 1974 Agreement on Disengagement between Israeli and Syrian forces.

The representative of Latvia introduced the draft resolution. The representative of the Netherlands made a statement and the representative of Iran explained its position after the text's approval.

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Committee Work Programme

The Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) met this afternoon to consider the financing of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR), the United Nations Confidence Restoration Operation in Croatia (UNCRO), the United Nations Preventive Deployment Force (UNPREDEP), and the United Nations Peace Forces headquarters; and of the United Nations Mission in Haiti (UNMIH). It would also act on a draft resolution relating to the United Nations Disengagement Force (UNDOF) and conclude its discussion on how to improve the United Nations financial situation.

Peace-keeping Financing

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Also before the Committee was a draft resolution to finance UNDOF (document A/C.5/50/L.5), which would have the Assembly authorize $2.7 million gross ($2.6 million net) monthly for the period beyond 30 November, subject to the renewal of UNDOF's mandate. Adopting resolution 1024 (1995) of 28 November, the Security Council renewed the mandate for another six months, until 31 May 1996. The UNDOF was set up in 1974 to supervise the cease-fire called for by the May 1974 Agreement on Disengagement between Israeli and Syrian forces.

The draft text would also have the Assembly apportion the authorized amounts, as an ad hoc arrangement. It would then set off against Member States'apportionment their respective share in an unencumbered balance of $805,000 gross ($891,000 net) for the period 1 December 1993 to 30 November 1994.

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Action on Disengagement Observer Force

ULDIS BLUKIS (Latvia) introduced and reviewed some of the contents of the draft resolution on financing UNDOF.

P.A. MENKVELD (Netherlands) said that there were differences in some versions of the draft text. The original document approved by the Fifth Committee should be adopted.

The Committee adopted the draft resolution without a vote.

Speaking in explanation of position, the representative of Iran said that his delegation would have abstained if there had been a vote on the draft.

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