I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union.
We would like to thank Mr Bock Yeo, Director of the Peace Keeping FinancingDivision for his introduction of the Note of the Secretary-General and also Mr. Rajat Saha, Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, for his presentation of the Committees report.
Regarding the issue of transfer of buildings to the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi,
we welcome the contribution of the Government of Italy of 6 additional buildings and 12 open areas for the UNLB. We agree that this transfer of buildings and the conclusion of the Memorandum of Understanding will allow the UNLB to continue to ensure the best performance of logistics support for all peacekeeping missions and to conduct its activities in a more cost-effective manner.
We, therefore, share the comments expressed by the ACABQ in its report and agree with its conclusions.
The EU wants to express its appreciation to the Government of Italy for its continuing support to the UNLB.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.