Armenia Can Still Vote Despite Debts to UN

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The 54th session of the UN General Assembly opened in New York on September 14. The session is being attended by a delegation from Armenia led by Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian.

Head of the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department for International Organizations Vahram Kazhoyan said at a press conference Tuesday that the UN–which now embraces 185 nations–will admit three more members this year–including the Republic of Irigat–the Republic of Nauru and the Kingdom of Tonga.

Kazhoyan said that in January Armenia paid the 1999 fee of $114,300 stipulated by the UN regular budget. Now Armenia owes $1,032,016 for peace-keeping activities. Armenia’s fees to the 2000 regular budget will exceed $70 thousand–while paymen’s for peace-keeping activities will total $25 thousand.

Stressing that at present nothing jeopardizes Armenia’s right to vote–the Foreign Ministry official said that Armenia is expected to have paid $600-700 thousand by early January 2000–which will also settle the issue for the subsequent year.

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