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Government issues funds for fees to United Nations

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 14/01/2020

The Minister for Finance and National Planning this morning confirmed that the Tongan government had sent its subscription fees to the United Nations yesterday.

The Finance Minister Hon. Tevita Lavemaau says his ministry has issued the funds required by the United Nations, a total of 16 thousand US dollars, to the Tonga Mission in the US to pay the fees to the United Nations.

Lavemaau says now the issue for Tonga’s fees in the UN has been cleared, the Government is trying to identify the reason for the late payment.

Hon. Lavemaau says the cause of submitting Tonga’s fees was a technical problem and his Ministry will ensure that this is not repeated in future.

The UN announced last week that Tonga is one of seven countries to lose their votes at the United Nations General Assembly because it hasn’t paid its fees.

The United Nations said the seven were so far behind in paying their dues that they are losing their voting privileges in the 193-member General Assembly.

The UN Charter states a member of UN which is in arrears shall have no vote in the General Assembly if the amount of its arrears equals or exceeds the amount of contributions due from it for the preceding two years.

Meanwhile, Lebanon has regained its full voting rights at the United Nations after paying part of what it owes the world body, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Monday.

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