Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Better Way of Financing Is Sought by UN Officials UNITED NATIONS PEACE-KEEPING FORCES AND OBSERVER MISSIONS

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Better Way of Financing Is Sought by UN Officials UNITED NATIONS PEACE-KEEPING FORCES AND OBSERVER MISSIONS

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UNITED Nations peacekeeping is entering a new era of increasing danger and responsibility. A number of UN experts agree that a more orderly system of recruiting, managing, and financing is required.

Tops on any list is a more streamlined, reliable system of funding. At present, each nation is billed separately, several times a year, for each peacekeeping operation. That practice, says a new study by the Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington, treats UN ventures as if they were rare emergency activities and "creates an impression of never-ending costs."

The center suggests consolidation: one bill a year. A proposal made late last year by then-UN Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar to set up a $50 million reserve fund to help launch UN peacekeeping operations more speedily has wide support among UN reformers. It may soon win General Assembly approval.

"I think the receptivity is there," says Leon Hosang, who watches over peacekeeping funds in the UN budget office. The new fund would be started, he says, with money left over from now-ended Namibia and Iran-Iraq peacekeeping operations.

Thomas Weiss, associate director of Brown University's Institute for International Studies and former executive director of the International Peace Academy, says the large current ventures under way in Cambodia and Yugoslavia demonstrate that UN peacekeeping has reached a much more ambitious and potentially dangerous stage than with the small "symbolic" operations of the past. …

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