Crisis Over Paying for Peacekeeping
Approaching Showdown on Russia's U.N. Vote
The General Assembly of the United Nations, scheduled to convene for its 19th regular session on Nov. 10,1 may have to deal with a constitutional crisis brought on by refusal of the Russians to pay their share of the costs of U.N. military operations in the Congo and the Middle East. Unless the Soviet Union remits about $9 million to the world organization between now and November—out of the total of around $55 million which it owes—it will be liable to the penalty prescribed by Article 19 of the U.N. Charter. Article 19 provides that a member state “in arrears in the payment of its financial contributions to the organization shall have no vote in ...