Zimbabwe Loses Rights To Vote At The UN General Assembly Due To Debts

Zimbabwe has lost its right to vote at the UN General Assembly due to nonpayment of financial contributions to the UN. The matter came to light in a letter dated 13 January that lists the 10 member states that have lost the right to vote at the UN General Assembly and Zimbabwe is there together with Somalia and 6 other African Countries.

The letter stated that:


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Letter dated 13 January 2021 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the General Assembly

1. At present. 10 Member States are in arrears under the terms of Article 19 of the Chiney of the United Nations, which states: A Member of the United Nations which is in arrears in the payment of its financial contributions to the Organization 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. The General Assembly may nevertheless, permit such a Member to vote if it is satisfied that the failure to pay is due to conditions beyond the control of the Member

2. The minimum payments necessary to reduce the amounts owed by those Member States on their contributions so that they remain below the gross amount assessed for the preceding two full years (2019 and 20201 art as follows:

  1. Central African Republic 29 195
  2. Comoros’ 871 632
  3. Congo 90 844
  4. Iran (Islamic Republic of) 16 251 296
  5. Libya 705 391
  6. Niger 6 733
  7. Sao Tome & Principe 829 888
  8. Somalia 1 443 640
  9. South Sudan 22 104
  10. Zimbabwe 81 770

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