Only 22 countries pay UN dues in full, top official says

UNITED NATIONS. October 22. KAZINFORM Only 22 countries have paidtheir UN dues in full, and the United States, the top contributor to the UN budget, has yet to pay all its dues, a top UN official said here Wednesday; Kazinform refers to Xinhua.

The nations, which account for 11.4 percent of all UN member states, have paid all their dues for the UN's 2008-2009 regular budget, peacekeeping, international tribunals and renovations of the UN Headquarters in New York, Angela Kane, UN undersecretary-general for management, told a press conference here.

    "The financial health of the organization depends on member states including the major contributors meeting their financial obligations in full and on time," Kane said.

    The paid-in-full members include Australia, Azerbaijan, Canada, Congo, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, New Zealand, Niger, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland and Tajikistan; Kazinform cites Xinhua.

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