Sumario: EU Presidency Statement - United Nations: Programme budget, Special Political Missions (13 March 2007: New York)
Statement on behalf of the European Union, by Mr. Thomas Thomma, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Germany, on Agenda item 117: Programme budget for the biennium 2006-07, Special Political Missions at the UN General Assembly 5th Committee, New York
Thank you Mr Chairman!
I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union.
The Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, and the EFTA country Liechtenstein, member of the European Economic Area, align themselves with this declaration.
First, let me thank the Secretariat for the presentation of the reports on the estimates in respect of the United Nations Integrated Office in Burundi and the United Nations Representative to the International Advisory and Monitoring Board as well as on the estimates in respect of the United Nations political mission in Nepal. I would also like to thank the ACABQ and its Chairman for the presentation of the respective reports.
The EU recognises the importance of special political missions and their role in resolving conflicts and promoting peace. We would like to see the missions able to realise their mandates and fully achieve their goals while efficiently utilising the resources set at their disposal by the Member States.
We regret the late issuance of the reports of the Secretary General and the ACABQ, which prevented us from studying them as thoroughly as we would have liked to. We have, however, greatly benefited from the guidance of the ACABQ, but will seek further clarification on some points.
As for the United Nations Integrated Office in Burundi, we appreciate the achievements and successful completion of the United Nations Operation in Burundi. We consider the establishment of its successor, the United Nations Integrated Office in Burundi, as a good example of a smooth transition from peacekeeping to peacebuilding. The European Union would like to congratulate the people of Burundi on their accomplishment and assure them of its support in the next phase of their peacebuilding efforts.
As far as the International Advisory and Monitoring Board is concerned, we recognise its importance in the process of overseeing the use of resources of the Development Fund for Iraq. We hope for the successful completion of its work during this year.
Finally, we would like to express our support for the United Nations political mission in Nepal that helps Nepal to sustain the peace it had negotiated in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of November 2006. We emphasise that the mission is a focused mission of limited duration and should strive to accomplish its mandate in an efficient manner. In order to avoid overbudgeting attention should be paid to the specific mandate for and needs of a mission rather than applying a template to different field missions. Bearing in mind the recommendations of the ACABQ, we expect a fruitful exchange of views on these questions in the informal consultations.
We are looking forward to discussing all the above-mentioned issues in more detail in the course of the informal consultations in the Fifth Committee.
Thank you Mr. Chairman.
* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.