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50th Plenary Meeting of General Assembly: 51st Session - Part 1

General Assembly accepts budgetary recommendations for United Nations Operation in former Yugoslavia, Haiti at 50th plenary meeting of the 51st session.

In Other Areas, Earnings Limits for Retired Staff are Raised, Closer Cooperation with Asian-African Legal Consultative Committee is Welcomed.

The General Assembly this morning raised to $22,000 the ceiling which retired United Nations staff drawing pension benefits could earn per year through re-employment with the Organization.

Nearly doubling the previous $12,000 limit set in 1982, the Assembly took that action by adopting one of five draft texts recommended by its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary), all adopted without votes. The Assembly also decided that no pension-drawing retiree could be re-employed by the United Nations at a higher level than that reached at the time of separation. Nor would a retiree be paid at a level higher than a regular staff member carrying out the same function.

Acting on the other Fifth Committee texts, all relating to peace-keeping operations, the Assembly:

-- Authorized the Secretary-General to commit $12.5 million gross ($11.6 million net) for support and liquidation of the combined United Nations Peace Forces in the former Yugoslavia for the period 1 November to 31 December; and urged the Secretary-General to ask some Governments to reimburse the United Nations Protection Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNPROFOR) for its payment of at least $37 million as excise duty on petroleum, oil and lubricants since 1 October 1993, contrary to the status-of- forces agreement and United Nations general conditions on contracts.

-- Cut the appropriation and apportionment it had provided for the liquidation of United Nations Mission in Haiti (UNMIH), beginning 1 July, from $15.9 million gross ($15.4 million net) to $1.2 million gross and net.

-- Appropriated $28.7 million gross ($27.5 million net) for the United Nations Support Mission in Haiti (UNSMIH) for the period 1 July to 31 December. As an ad hoc arrangement, the Assembly apportioned among Member States $24 million gross ($23 million net) for the period 1 July to

30 November, and another $4.7 million gross ($4.5 million net) for the period 1 to 31 December, should the Security Council extend the mandate of UNSMIH beyond 30 November.

-- Endorsed the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) that, among other things, the Secretary-General propose financial and time limits on United Nations liabilities and establish a standard format for preparing claims the Organization would consider.

In other action this morning, the Assembly noted with satisfaction the enhancement of cooperation between the United Nations and the Asian-African Legal Consultative Committee. The Assembly did so by adopting, without a vote, a resolution by which it also noted the Consultative Committee's work to strengthen the role of the United Nations and its organs such as the International Court of Justice.

During a discussion on the Consultative Committee, representatives from these countries spoke: Sri Lanka, China, Indonesia, Ireland (for the European Union and associated States), Egypt, Iran, Kenya and India. A statement was also made on behalf of the Secretary-General of the Committee.

Also this morning, the Assembly began its mid-term review of the implementation of the United Nations New Agenda for the Development of Africa in the 1990s. The representative of Japan introduced a draft resolution containing recommendations of the working group on the mid-term review on how to accelerate implementation of the Agenda.

Statements on the mid-term review were made by the representatives of Cameroon, Tunisia, Brazil, China, Singapore, Australia and Norway.

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