120th Plenary Meeting of General Assembly: 50th Session

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07-Jun-1996 00:57:51
Assembly appropriates $63.6 million for criminal tribunals, $1.44 billion for peace-keeping at 120th meeting.

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The General Assembly this morning appropriated $63.6 million gross ($57.2 million net) to finance the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, as well as $1.44 billion gross ($1.40 billion net) to finance various peace-keeping activities, under the total of 23 resolutions and five decisions recommended by the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary).

In addition, the Assembly, acting directly, decided to increase the number of members of the Executive Committee of the Programme of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) from 50 to 51 States, asking the Economic and Social Council to elect the new member at its 1996 substantive session.

All of today's drafts were adopted without a vote, with the exception of a resolution by which the Assembly appropriated $53.9 million gross ($52.4 million net) for the operation of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) from 1 February to 30 June. The text was adopted by a recorded vote of 104 in favour to 2 against (Israel, United States), with 2 abstentions (Iran, Syria). (For voting details, see Annex.)

By the same text, the Assembly also appropriated $125.7 million gross ($122.7 million net) for maintenance of the Force from 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1997.

In addition to the two resolutions on the Tribunals and 16 texts relating to peace-keeping, the Committee also approved four texts on human resources management and one on the Office of Internal Oversight Services. Other texts adopted this morning concerned implementation of the programme budget for the biennium 1996-1997, as well as the activities of the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU).

Specifically, the Assembly appropriated $31.1 million gross ($27.8 million net) for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia; and $32.6 million gross ($29.4 million net) for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

It also appropriated funds to finance the following: the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM), the United Nations Mission of Observers in Tajikistan (UNMOT), the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG), the United Nations Peace-keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), the United Nations Observer Mission in Liberia (UNOMIL), and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR).

Also: the United Nations Mission in Haiti (UNMIH), the United Nations Angola Verification Mission (UNAVEM III), the United Nations Transitional Administration for Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium (UNTAES), the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the United Nations Preventive Deployment Force (UNPREDEP), the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR), the United Nations Confidence Restoration Operation in Croatia (UNCRO), and United Nations Peace Forces headquarters.

The Assembly also provided commitment authorizations in connection with the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), UNPREDEP, the Commission of Inquiry in Rwanda and for liquidation of the combined forces in the former Yugoslavia. As a programme budget matter, it also provided commitment authorizations for the International Civilian Mission to Haiti (MICIVIH).

Specifically, the Assembly appropriated the following:

Mission Amount -- gross (net) Period Covered

UNDOF $2,679,000 ($2,601,714) 1 - 30 June $32,254,900 ($31,342,900) 1 July 1996 - 30 June 1997

UNIFIL $53,874,000 ($52,448,000) 1 February - 30 June $125,722,800 ($122,665,800) 1 July 1996 - 30 June 1997

UNAVEM III $65,912,903 ($63,067,742) 9 August - 31 December 1995 $84,687,300 ($83,190,300) 9 February - 8 May

$47,988,900 ($47,140,600) 9 May - 30 June $169,118,500 ($165,984,100) 1 July-31 December

UNIKOM $21,742,800 ($19,129,200) 1 July 1995 - 30 June $52,141,900 ($50,071,000) 1 July 1996 - 30 June 1997

UNFICYP $45,079,500 ($43,049,600) 1 July 1996 - 30 June 1997

UNOMIG $7,606,650 ($7,102,200) 13 January - 30 June $17,089,600 ($16,023,400) 1 July 1996 - 30 June 1997

UNMIH $45,314,000 ($44,348,400) 1 March - 30 June $15,897,900 ($15,440,300) from 1 July

UNAMIR $19,745,000 ($19,462,700) 9 March - 19 April $4,632,500 ($4,152,200) from 19 April

UNMOT $7,478,900 ($6,971,600) 1 July 1996 - 30 June 1997

UNTAES $94,269,700 ($93,073,300) 15 January - 30 June $140,484,350 ($136,087,550) 1 July - 31 December

UNPREDEP $20,914,200 ($20,562,300) 1 January - 30 May $26,296,200 ($25,538,400) 1 July - 31 December

For the combined forces in the former Yugoslavia, the Assembly appropriated $100 million gross ($99,569,800 net) for the period from 1 July to 30 November, and $115,373,000 gross ($113,866,300 net) for 1 to 31 December 1995. If appropriated $43,849,300 gross ($42,662,500 net) for the period from 1 January to 30 June, and $75,619,800 ($72,225,600) for 1 July to 31 December for the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

By a text on absorbing the cost of new mandates in the 1996-1997 programme budget, the Assembly authorized the Secretary-General to enter into further commitments of $1.8 million gross ($1.6 million net) for the period from 1 June through August 1996 for MICIVIH. It also authorized him to enter into commitments through December in an amount not exceeding $627,900 gross monthly ($567,700 net), should the Mission be extended beyond 31 August.

The Assembly, by another text, authorized the Secretary-General to enter into commitments up to $931,800 (net of staff assessment) for maintenance of the Commission of Inquiry in Rwanda under the 1996-1997 programme budget.

By the draft resolution on conference-servicing costs, the Secretary- General was authorized to enter into commitments up to $5.5 million for costs relating to the meeting of the States Parties to the Framework Convention. By another text on the 1996-1997 proposed programme budget, he was asked to submit a report containing proposals for achieving savings and to ensure that until the report was considered by the Assembly, all mandated programmes and activities are implemented in full.

By the text on the Office of Internal Oversight Services, the Assembly reaffirmed that procedures for recruitment and promotion applied to the personnel of the Office should be consistent with those applied to the Secretariat, and would support its close cooperation with the JIU and the Board of Auditors.

By the JIU text, the Assembly asked the Unit to seek a more reader- friendly and uniform format of reports, including sections containing the objectives of the report, an executive summary, the conclusions drawn, and as appropriate, the action to be taken.

With respect to human resources management, the Assembly addressed the reform of the internal system of justice in the Secretariat, privileges and immunities of officials of the United Nations and related bodies, and the use of retirees in the United Nations system.

The reports of the Fifth Committee were introduced by its Rapporteur, the representative of Belgium. The representative of Ireland introduced the text on UNHCR. The representative of Iran, Syria and the Republic of Korea spoke in explanation of vote or position.

The Assembly will meet again at a date to be announced.

For further details please see source:
MEETINGS COVERAGE

For further details please see official record:
A/50/PV.120
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