GRENADA’S MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS ISSUES STATEMENT ON PAYMENT OF DUES TO THE UN (UPDATED)
Written by George Grant on February 13, 2018
A release issued a short while ago by the Government Information Service says that with reference to news reports that Grenada has lost its voting rights in the United Nations as a result of unpaid dues, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs assures the nation that on February 5, 2018, the Permanent Mission of Grenada to the UN dispatched a cheque to the United Nations Secretariat for processing of Grenada’s dues for 2018. In that respect, the Ministry expects to see this reflected soon in the UN’s information system.
In real terms, Grenada has not been prevented from exercising its voting rights in the community of nations because the first voting opportunity of 2018 is in June when Grenada votes in support of candidates (member states) for non-permanent membership on the United Nations Security Council.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs assures the nation that Grenada continues to maintain a high level of credibility and respect at the United Nations and in the wider international community.
Yesterday, the United Nations had issued a release which stated that Grenada is one of eight countries now without a vote at the General Assembly of the United Nations. Under Article 19 of the Charter, a Member State in arrears in the payment of its dues in an amount that equals or exceeds the contributions due for two preceding years can lose its vote in the General Assembly.
The release further stated that there are currently eight Member States that do not have a vote in the 72nd session of the General Assembly: Central African Republic; Dominica; Equatorial Guinea; Grenada; Libya; Suriname; Venezuela and Yemen.