UN CHIEF PROPOSES 53.87 MLN USD 2018 BUDGET FOR WESTERN SAHARA PEACEKEEPING MISSION

UNITED NATION– United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has proposed a budget of 53.87 million US dollars for the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (Minurso) for the mandate from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

The budget proposal does not include voluntary contributions worth 519,000 USD, according to the a secretariat document seen by APS.

Guterres has practically maintained the same amount allocated to Minurso in 2017, which was then estimated at 52 million USD. The previous year’s budget was also maintained in the wake of the major cuts made by the UN in the peacekeeping operations budget, under pressure from the United States.

The proposed budget covers the deployment of 218 military observers, 27 military personnel, 12 UN police officers, 82 international staff, 163 national staff, 18 UN volunteers and 10 staff members provided by governments, says the document.

Guterres’ proposal will be considered next May by the UN’s Fifth Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Matters, just after the Security Council consultations scheduled for April to extend the mandate of the Mission.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK