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Fifth Committee of the 50th General Assembly

Statement by Mr. Dusan Rovensky, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the United Nations, Report of the Secretary General on the Work of the OrganizationNew York, December 12, 1994 Statement by Mr. Dusan Rovensky, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic

  • Statement by Mr. Dusan Rovensky, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the United Nations, Report of the Secretary General on the Work of the Organization
    New York, December 12, 1994


Statement by Mr. Dusan Rovensky, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the United Nations, Report of the Secretary General on the Work of the Organization

Mr. President,

Allow me first of all to thank you for your initiative in convening this important debate. The delegation of the Czech Republic is deeply concerned about the difficult financial

situation which in our view undermines the effective functioning of the Organization. We are fully aware of the seriousness of this crises and its causes.

We are of the view, that lateness in payment by Member States together with the loss of equity and credibility of the current assessment scheme for regular and peace-keeping contributions

are the most serious causes of the current situation. While some countries are overburdened, other countries are taking advantage of the present situation. Increasing number of member states complain about the discrepancy between the proclaimed principle of "capacity to pay" and reality of its implementation. As a result, the prospects for the acceptance of a new scale of assessment for 1995-7 by consensus gradually fade out.

Mr. President,

My delegation believes that the United Nations shouldn?t tolerate differences between the criteria, which it sets up, and their implementation. Restoration of viable financial basis requires, first of all, the establishment of verifiable and equitable criteria based on capacity of member states to pay in order to improve methods of assessment and eradicate present distortions. Such measures bring back equity and credibility and make it possible to reach consensus.

Equitable share of organization?s expenses by Member States, based on real capacity to pay, should help to reach consensus in taking measures to deal with another cause of precarious financial situation of the Organization, which is late payments by many Member States.

The cause of the Czech Republic, the assessment rate of which, determined by last year?s ad hoc decision, was three times bigger than it would be if derived from our statistical data, and which hasn?t been allocated for peacekeeping assessments because of lack of any objective standard criteria, is an illustrative example of the deficiencies of the present system.

Mr President,

My delegation welcomes and strongly supports the basic objectives of the Secretary General initiative aimed at restoring viable financial basis of the Organizations, contained in his statement of 12 October 1994. The situation has reached the proportions which it can no longer be solved by simple administrative means. The far-reaching decisions which the member states have to take on this important issue require consideration at the highest possible political level.

My delegation therefore fully supports the establishment of an open-ended high-level working group to improve methods of assessments, to resolve the cash-flow problems and to take measures to achieve full and timely payment by Member States.

Let me conclude Mr. President by expressing my delegation?s strong believe, that under your able guidance and with the good will of member states, we shall be able to resolve the difficult issue before us soon.

I thank you sir.