The total of about $1.7 million, he said, consisted of the incident's direct costs of $844,319 and the $880,300 used for relocating the Fijian battalion affected at Qana. The amounts, according to the draft, would be excluded from UNIFIL's budget for the period from 1 February to 30 June 1996. Israel's payment for the treatment of some of those wounded in the incident had been taken into account in reaching the figures.
Recalling the Assembly's previous request that the Secretary-General should report on the full evaluation of the damages and costs of the Qana incident, the text introduced this morning (document A/C.5/51/L.71) would have Israel bear them. Under other provisions, it would have the Assembly appropriate and assess yet to be determined sums of money for UNIFIL's budget for the period from 1 July 1997 to 30 June 1998. It would also credit Member States their respective shares in an unencumbered balance of some $2.9 million gross ($2.7 million net) related to the period ending 30 June 1996.
The Committee is scheduled to meet again at 8 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, 6 June, to conclude the second part of its resumed session.