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I have the honour to speak on behalf of the Member States of the European Union.
The Acceding country Croatia*, the candidate countries Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro*, Iceland+ and Serbia*, the countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, and Georgia, align themselves with this statement.
I would like to thank the Controller, Assistant Secretary General, Ms Maria Eugenia Casar, for introducing the reports of the Secretary General on the support account for peacekeeping operations. I would also like to thank the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, Mr Carlos Ruiz Massieu, and the Under Secretary General for Internal Oversight Services, Ms Carman L Lapointe, for introducing their respective reports.
As we have just reaffirmed in our statement on the previous item, the Member States of the European Union attach great importance to UN peacekeeping operations and actively support and participate in them.
With regard to the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations, we note that once again both the initial and the revised proposals before us would see an increase in the resources for the support account in 2013/14. The Member States of the European Union will therefore closely scrutinise them, both in relation to posts and non-post resources. In particular, we will be interested in the extent to which proposed redeployments/reassignments of posts, including in the context of the proposed peacekeeping budget process review, have provided an opportunity to consolidate and rationalise the use of resources and contribute to the more efficient delivery of peacekeeping support.
We note, as does the ACABQ, that since the establishment of the support account, its resource level has been on an upward trend, with no measurable relation to the number, size and complexity of the peacekeeping operations, not even when the approved resource level for peacekeeping has decreased, as it did from 2011/12 to 2012/13. This is a matter for concern.
We need to keep in mind the purpose of the support account as envisaged when it was first conceived and implemented and ensure that it is properly structured and transparent so that it can provide the core or basic capacity to support peacekeeping operations.
I would like to conclude by reiterating that the Member States of the European Union are committed to working closely with all partners in a constructive and open spirit in order to reach consensus on this issue.
Thank you, Mr Chairman.
* Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.
+ Iceland continues to be a member of EFTA and the European Economic Area.