Iran loses right to vote at UN

Iran will have to pay more than $18 million to restore its right to vote

Iran will have to pay more than $18 million to restore its right to vote

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said in a letter to the General Assembly that Iran, Venezuela and Sudan have lost their right to vote due to non-payment of UN obligations. Iran has blamed US sanctions for a lack of funding. Antonio Guterres added that a total of 11 countries had failed to meet their obligations. And eight of them have lost their right to vote at the United Nations. These countries include Iran, Venezuela, Sudan, Antigua and Barbuda, Congo, Guinea, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.

Why did these countries lose the right to vote?

Under the UN Charter, a member state’s arrears are suspended if its arrears are equal to or greater than those paid in the previous two years. However, if the member country is unable to pay the arrears due to the situation being out of control, the General Assembly may allow the country to vote. The Secretary-General of the United Nations said that for the year 2022, the islands of Comoros, Sao Tome, Principe and Somalia meet this situation. Iran will have to pay more than $18 million to restore its right to vote. Last year, Iran also lost its vote due to non-payment. Venezuela owes $40 million, while Sudan owes about 3 Million dallors. The other five countries will have to pay about $75,000 each to regain their voting rights.

Iran angry with US

Iran also lost its vote at the UN in January 2021 on the grounds of non-payment. Iran has said it cannot pay even the minimum due to US economic sanctions. After months of negotiations, Iran was granted immunity, allowed access to money withheld by the United States, and lost its right to vote until the election of new members of the Security Council in June. The Iranian Foreign Ministry said that Iran is committed to paying its membership dues in full and on time. But he could not pay because of “aggressive and illegal US sanctions.” The operating budget approved by the United Nations in December is about three billion dollars. The budget for peacekeeping operations is separate, with a budget of 20 6.5 billion dallors approved in June 2021.


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