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Grenada says it has met financial obligations to UN

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 | 9:15 AM    

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – Grenada says it has paid in full the arrears owed to the United Nations and as a result has regained its voting rights at the international body.

Grenada was listed among three Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments owing the United Nations, according to a January 15 letter UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon sent to the President of the General Assembly.

Grenada is said to have owed US$40,100 while St Lucia is in arrears to the tune of US$35,727 and Dominica US$7, 231.

But Allison Watson, a member of the UN Contribution Committee said that Grenada paid its payment on February 12 and has since regained the right to vote on resolutions at upcoming meetings or sessions which requires members to vote.

Apart from Grenada, the original list also included the Dominican Republic which was US$486, 715 in arrears. As of February 26, none of the members regained their voting rights.

 “A member of the United Nations which is in arrears in the payment of its financial contributions to the Organisation shall have no vote in the General Assembly if the amount of its arrears equals or exceeds the amount of the contributions due from it for the preceding two full years,” according to Article 19 of the UN Charter.

Article 19 also makes provision for a member which is in arrears to vote, if it is satisfied that the failure to pay is due to conditions beyond the control of that member.

The 193 member UN was founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.

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