Lebanon loses the right to vote in the United Nations for not paying two million dollars

Lebanon lost the right to vote in the General Assembly, which is made up of 193 UN countries, due to its late payment of one million 835 thousand and 303 dollars, financial dues accumulated on it over the past two years for the operating budget of the international organization, as stated by the Secretary General of the United Nations, the Portuguese Antonio Guterres, in a letter distributed Thursday ai media.

In his message, Guterres said that 3 other countries also lost their right to vote for the same reason, which are Dominica, whose arrears total $20,580, and Gabon’s arrears of $61,686, plus Equatorial Guinea, whose arrears are $61,686. Note that the United Nations is still preventing two other countries from voting: Venezuela, with arrears of $76,244,991, and South Sudan, requested with arrears of $196,130.

Article 19 of the United Nations Charter provides that members whose arrears equal or exceed the amount of their contributions for the previous two full years lose the right to vote. But it does give the General Assembly the power to decide “that the non-payment is due to circumstances beyond the member’s control,” in which case a country could continue to vote if it declared so.

A year ago, Lebanon was exposed to the same thing when, last January, it lost the right to vote in the General Assembly “because it failed to pay its financial contribution two years ago,” according to Stéphane Dujarric, a spokesman for the United Nations Secretariat, in a press conference in which he declared to understand “the circumstances that prevented the arrival of the due from Lebanon before the expiry of the legal deadline”. he announced in a tweet that Lebanon had paid its due, and regained the right to vote, until being stripped of it again yesterday, Thursday, for the 2020 and 2021 arrears in full.

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