46th Plenary Meeting of General Assembly: 50th Session - Part 1

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01-Nov-1995 01:31:45
Assembly approves spending of further $21.7 million for United Nations Mission to Haiti at 46th meeting.

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The General Assembly this morning authorized and assessed $21.7 million gross ($21.4 million net) for the United Nations Mission in Haiti (UNMIH) for the period 1 to 30 November. It also began consideration of the report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and a related draft resolution.

The authorization for the Haiti Mission was made by means of a resolution adopted without a vote on the recommendation of the Fifth (Administrative and Budgetary) Committee. Also by that text, the Assembly assessed an additional $42.4 million gross ($41.7 million net) for the period 1 August to 31 October. That was in addition to the $21.2 million gross ($20.8 million net) it had previously assessed. The assessments for the periods 1 August to 30 November were made on an ad hoc basis.

Under the terms of a draft resolution on the IAEA introduced this morning by the representative of the Netherlands, the General Assembly would express deep concern that Iraq had since 1991 withheld from the IAEA information about its nuclear-weapons programme. It would stress the need for Iraq to cooperate fully with the Agency in achieving the complete implementation of the relevant Security Council resolutions.

By that text, the Assembly would further express concern over the continuing non-compliance of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea with the safeguards agreement and would urge that country to cooperate fully with the Agency.

Introducing the Agency's report, its Director-General, Hans Blix, said the Democratic People's Republic of Korea was "not in full compliance with the safeguards agreement". For that country to come into full compliance, he added, it must enable the Agency to verify effectively the accuracy and completeness of its declaration of its nuclear material subject to safeguards.

Concerning Iraq, he said that recently the IAEA had received additional information on that country's former nuclear-weapons programme. "What can be concluded at this stage is that Iraq's withholding of information, documents and materials clearly constitutes a breach of Iraqi obligations under the Security Council resolutions and that the crash programme was in violation of the safeguards agreement and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons", he said.

Statements on the IAEA's report were made by the representatives of Spain (on behalf of the European Union as well as Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Hungary, Lithuania, Malta, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Poland), Japan, Slovakia, India, United States, China, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Kuwait and Yemen.

Also this morning, the Assembly adopted, without a vote, a resolution to transform the Committee on Food Aid Policies and Programmes of the World Food Programmes (WFP) into a 36-member Executive Board. The basic transformation of the Food Aid Committee into an Executive Board had been previously decided by Assembly resolution 48/162, on further measures for the restructuring of the Organization in the economic and social fields.

The General Assembly meets again at 3 p.m. today to continue its consideration of the report of the IAEA and the related draft resolution, as well as a draft resolution and two amendments to it on multilingualism.

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