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06USUNNEWYORK521 2006-03-16 19:23:00 UNCLASSIFIED USUN New York
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UN BUDGET: FIFTH COMMITTEE APPROVES FUNDING FOR

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AORC KUNR UNGA PHUM PREL
SUBJECT: UN BUDGET: FIFTH COMMITTEE APPROVES FUNDING FOR
HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

REF: SECSTATE 42234



1. The Fifth Committee adopted a decision on March 15 to
approve additional financial resources of $4.3 million for
the Human Rights Council created by draft resolution
A/60/L.48. The decision was adopted without a vote after
Ambassador Wolff delivered the U.S. explanation of position
(ref) highlighting that U.S. concerns with the draft
resolution had led the U.S. to dissociate from the consensus
on the budget issue. South Africa (on behalf of the Group of
77 and China) and Cuba were the only two other speakers, both
speaking after adoption of the draft decision. The Fifth
Committee's adoption of this decision paved the way for
Plenary action on A/60/L.48 (reported septel).



2. The G77 statement, delivered by South Africa, emphasized
the Group's readiness to take action since the issue first
came before the Committee and their desire to find consensus
solutions. The Group noted that it was pleased with the
decision to endorse additional resources and regretted that
not all delegations could join the consensus. The Cuban
delegate noted his delegation's concern that the additional
requirements for the Human Rights Council were funded through
the contingency fund, leaving little money left to fund
development activities. He noted that he hoped that this
lack of resources would not impact any additional
requirements to the detriment of developing countries.

BOLTON