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Iran and Venezuela deprived of voting rights in the UN General Assembly due to arrears on contributions

In the UN General Assembly, Iran, Venezuela and several other countries were deprived of their voting rights due to arrears in contributions. RIA Novosti informs about this with reference to a letter from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Iran and Venezuela deprived of voting rights in the UN General Assembly due to arrears on contributions

The letter says that at the moment 11 UN member states are in arrears in monetary contributions.

According to Art. 19 of the UN Charter provides that in the event that the amount of arrears equals or exceeds the amount of contributions due for the previous two full years, countries will lose their voting rights.

It is noted that the list of debtors includes: Iran, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Antigua and Barbuda, Comoros, Congo, Guinea, Papua New Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Somalia, Sudan.

According to UN rules, the General Assembly can allow such countries to vote if it is proved that the delay in payment occurred due to circumstances beyond the control of the countries.

To return the right to vote, Iran needs to contribute $ 18.4 million, Venezuela – $ 39.8 million, and Vanuatu – $ 194.

In 2017, Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations called for the DPRK to be deprived of its voice in the UN

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