UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (Jul. 26)
A budget calling for the expenditure of $19,836,800 for the United Nations Emergency Force, for the year ending December 31, 1962, was approved here today by the General Assembly’s committee on Administrative and Budgetary questions. The budget was proposed by Secretary General Dag Hammerskjold last week for consideration by the next Assembly, which will convene September 19.
The committee approved the budget, according to a statement issued today, “on the assumption that the Force will be continued on its present basis: during the year 1962. In one clause of the committee’s statement, however, there is a hint that the status of UNEF may be subject to reconsideration.
In summarizing the strength of the Force, the committee notes that it consists now of 5,300 men and officers, and continues: “In view of the fact that after some five years the operation may no longer be considered of an emergency nature, the Assembly might wish to reappraise its scope in the event of its further continuation.”
The committee also notes that, todate, there is a deficit in the special UNEF account of $21, 600, 000 which is “attributable to serious delays in payment, or to the unwillingness or refusal of some Governments to effect payment.”
Much of that deficit, it was pointed out by observers here, is due to the fact that the Soviet Union and its satellites have not paid any money whatever to the U. N. ‘s special UNEF account.