Georgia pays off part of its UN dues, regains voting rights
( RIA Novosti ) - Georgia has paid off a portion of its United Nations dues, allowing it to be removed from a "blacklist" of nations in arrears of their financial obligations to the organization, the UN press service said.
In a letter addressed to the General Assembly, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Georgia had made the minimum payment required, making it once again eligible to vote.
According to Article 19 of the UN Charter, any nation whose arrears equal or surpass its payments for the previous two years loses its right to vote in the General Assembly. In order to retain its voting right, a nation is required to make at least a minimum payment into the UN budget.
In addition to Georgia, the nations of Guinea-Bissau, the Comoro Islands, Liberia, Nigeria, Somalia, Tajikistan and the Central African Republic were also readmitted to the rank of voting nations.