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Lebanon’s UN vote to be restored Tuesday

Lebanon's Ambassador Amal Mudallali speaks in the Security Council, at United Nations headquarters, Monday, April 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s right to vote in the U.N. General Assembly will be restored Tuesday, Lebanon’s ambassador to the U.N. said Sunday. “Lebanon will pay its dues [Monday] ... and Lebanon will participate in [a] vote taking place Tuesday as usual,” Ambassador Amal Mudallali told local TV channel LBCI. “No voting took place last week, and so Lebanon did not lose anything and hopefully Monday things will go back on track.”

Mudallali said that the Lebanese delegation did all that was required of it to ensure that the dues were met, but said it was not clear why there was a delay in this matter.

Lebanon’s right to vote at the General Assembly was retracted Friday over its failure to pay the necessary contributions to the U.N.

The announcement was made by Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for the U.N. secretary-general, who said, “as of yesterday [Thursday], 10 Member States were in arrears [on their 2019 dues] and fall under the provisions of Article 19, and that’s Central African Republic, Comoros, Gambia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Sao Tome and Principe, Somalia, Tonga, Venezuela and Yemen.”

On Saturday, the ministries of finance and foreign affairs traded blame over the delayed payments.

The Foreign Ministry said the Finance Ministry was “always late with payments.” The Finance Ministry said it had not received a request for payment. The Finance Ministry ordered the payment to be made Monday morning.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 13, 2020, on page 1.

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