Thank you Mr. Chairman,
I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union.
The Candidate Countries Croatia*, Turkey and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the EFTA country Iceland, member of the European Economic Area, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Montenegro and Serbia, as well as the Ukraine, Moldova, and Armenia, align themselves with this declaration.
We would like to thank the Officer-in-Charge of the Peacekeeping Finance Division , Mr Bock Yeo, for his introduction of the report of the Secretary-General on the financing of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur and also the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, Mr Rajat Saha, for the corresponding report of his Committee.
The European Unions approach to the financing of United Nations peacekeeping operations is well known. We seek to ensure that each and every mission has the resources it needs to carry out its unique mandate effectively and efficiently.
Our approach to UNAMID is no different. We want to see this important mission fully deployed and fully effective as soon as possible. In this regard, we note what Mr Yeo has said about the need to conclude our work quickly. We are committed to working with other delegations to make that happen.
However, given the groundbreaking hybrid nature of UNAMID, its size, and the enormous logistical challenges, as well as the significant financial implications, ensuring proper budget scrutiny is essential. There are, as the ACABQ rightly points out, important questions to be asked about the proposed shape of the mission, about its relationships with other actors on the ground, and about the planning assumptions on which the budget proposals are based. We need more detail to allow us to properly scrutinise the missions proposed operational costs. And we need more information about the Secretary Generals use of extraordinary measures an issue which has relevance beyond this one mission. We will be using informal consultations in the coming days to explore these, and other questions, further; and we will draw conclusions about the proposed administrative arrangements and budget level in the light of the answers we receive.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
* Croatia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilization and Association Process