//G-77, NAM Reject US-imposed Debates

G-77, NAM Reject US-imposed Debates

Tomas A. Granados, # United Nations, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina)

The two main blocs of UN developing country members rejected US insistence, as current UN Security Council president, to discuss General Assembly issues within the Security Council.

In a tense debate Wednesday, leaders of the G-77 plus China and the Non Aligned Countries Movement protested discussion within the Council of a report about cases of corruption related to Peace Operations.

Developing nations, which make up most of the 191 UN members, expressed their outrage at what they denounced as a usurpation of powers by the Security Council, which has been presided over by the US this month.

The protests increased after US Ambassador John Bolton submitted the results of an audit to the Security Council on cases of fraud and bribes in purchase for the Blue Helmets.

"The Security Council is not the proper forum to discuss issues which are the direct responsibility of the General Assembly," said South African Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo in his capacity as president of G-77, which groups 134 developing countries plus China.

The said audit was carried out by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), commissioned by G-77 to be submitted to the General Assembly, but Ambassador Bolton decided to move forward its discussion today within the Security Council.

"These debates undermine the powers of the General Assembly, mainly the supervisory role pertaining to all country members," complained Kumalo.

The tendency to ignore the General Assembly"s relevance as a supreme UN body comes as the US and other rich powers seem to want to impose their views as main financial contributors to the UN.

However, "the fact that the US, Japan and Germany contribute about 50 percent of UN funds does not mean that their rights are above other countries"", Kumalo told journalists.

The UN is not a private company, but rather an intergovernmental one," he added.

In his capacity as president of the NAM Coordinating Committee, Malaysia"s Ambassador to the UN Hamidon Ali warned that these Council steps may affect the Assembly"s decision on audit issues.