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UNITED NATIONS
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GA/9205
16 December 1996

ASSEMBLY ACTS ON FINANCING OF SIX PEACE-KEEPING OPERATIONS,
ADOPTS 10 TEXTS ON RECOMMENDATION OF LEGAL COMMITTEE

Welcomes Draft Code of Crimes, Supports Electronic Dissemination
of Treaty Information; Also Extends Term of UNEP Executive Director


The General Assembly this morning appropriated $75.6 million gross ($72.2 million net) to finance the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) from 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1997, by one of six texts adopted on the recommendation of the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) on the financing of United Nations operations. Appropriations are made subject to decisions by the Security Council to continue the missions.

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It also took decisions regarding the unencumbered balances in the following accounts: the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) - - $1.2 million gross ($973,100 net); the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) -- $10.6 million gross ($8.8 million net); and the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM) -- $2.4 million gross ($1.6 million net).

Assembly Work Programme

The General Assembly met this morning to take action on 14 draft resolutions and one draft decision contained in 12 reports of its Sixth Committee (Legal). All of the Committee's actions were taken without a vote, during the period from 26 to 29 November. The Assembly was also expected to elect the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and to take up a report by its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) on the Economic and Social Council.

In addition, the Assembly was expected to consider recommendations by the Fifth Committee on the financing of the following operations: the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF); the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL); the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM); the United Nations Transitional Administration for Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium (UNTAES); the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH); and the United Nations Preventive Deployment Force (UNPREDEP).

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Fifth Committee Reports

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Also without a vote, the Assembly adopted texts on the financing of six United Nations operations:

-- By the decision in the Committee's report on UNDOF (document A/51/724), the Assembly decided on what to do with an unencumbered balance of $1.2 million gross ($973,100 net) in the Force's account for the period from 1 December 1994 to 30 November 1995. For Member States which have fulfilled their financial obligation to the Force, their respective share in that balance will be set off against their future apportionments. For Member States which have not fulfilled those obligations, their share of that balance will be set off against their outstanding obligations.

-- By the decision in the report on UNIFIL (document A/51/725), the Assembly decided to treat the unencumbered balance of $10.6 million gross ($8.8 million net) in that Force's account for the period from 1 February 1995 to 31 January 1996 in the same manner as outlined above for the unencumbered balance of UNDOF.

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