General Assembly adopts peacekeeping resolutions as it acts on 34 texts

General Assembly adopts peacekeeping resolutions as it acts on 34 texts

The General Assembly has adopted a wide range of resolutions relating to United Nations peacekeeping operations as it took action on 25 draft resolutions and nine draft decisions contained in reports of its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary).

Among the resolutions adopted yesterday afternoon were texts on peacekeeping missions in the Middle East, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Kosovo and East Timor. Others included drafts on the programme budget for the biennium 2000-2001, human resources management and on the scale of assessments for the apportionment of United Nations expenses.

The Assembly acted without a vote on all the resolutions except a text on the financing of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). By a recorded vote of 70 in favour, 3 against (Israel, Marshall Islands, United States) and 42 abstentions, it decided to retain paragraphs stating that Israel should pay the costs relating to a 1996 incident at UNIFIL's Qana headquarters in Lebanon. The Assembly then adopted the resolution as a whole by another vote of 115 in favour, 3 against (Israel, Marshall Islands, United States) with no abstentions.

Also adopted without a vote were two decisions, the first relating to the Secretary-General's report on the Office of Internal Oversight Services, and the other deferring action on certain documents until the Assembly's fifty-sixth session.