The Sudanese government has lost its voting rights to the United Nations due to membership dues,Sudan Tribune reports
Rahmatallah Osman the Undersecretary of the Sudanese foreign ministry told the al-Sudani newspaper on Wednesday that they have called on the ministry of finance to address the issue of UN arrears in anticipation of the vote suspension.
The UN General Assembly (UNGA) reported on its website that as of January 21 there were 15 member states including Sudan that are delinquent in their financial contributions under the terms of Article 19 of the UN Charter.
Under Article 19 of the UN 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”.
To reinstate its voting rights Sudan needs to pay at least $347,879 so that it remains below the gross amount assessed for the preceding two full years of 2011 and 2012.
The UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky said earlier this month that Sudan owes close to $1 million in arrears.