Feb. 4, 2016 – Libya has been suspended from voting in the UN General Assembly over non-payment of dues.
The country, which has two competing parliaments and governments, has been in turmoil since NATO forces intervened in 2011 and removed Muammar Gaddafi from power following a UNSC resolution authorizing action to protect civilians.
A recent UN report also says ISIS is established and seeking to expand in Libya.
The loss of a General Assembly vote is a result of falling foul of Article 19 of the UN Charter, which states that countries will lose their UNGA vote if their “arrears equals or exceeds the amount of the contributions due from it for the preceding two full years.”
A minimum payment of $1.4 million is needed for Tripoli to regain its vote, according to a letter from Ban Ki-moon to the General Assembly.
In total, Ban named 15 countries in his January 18 letter to the General Assembly, including Bahrain and Iran, but the other countries have since either made the necessary payment or, as in the case of Somalia and Yemen, been given a waiver as the UN Committee on Contributions has determined that conditions beyond their control contributed to this inability to pay.
Libya is assessed annual dues to the United Nations’ regular budget of $3.1 million.
- Denis Fitzgerald