Sub-committee reviews AU-Debtor countries' list

Addis-Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union's sub-committee on contributions has finally removed the names of some countries from the list of those proposed for sanction, reducing the number from 18 to 11, according to the report adopted at the end of the meeting of the commission.
The commission noted that "the countries with only one year of outstanding payments" facing sanctions had to be removed from the list, the report says.
Besides, Tunisia and Gabon, which paid their contributions after the date of the report, can no longer be subject to sanction, according to the contributions sub-committee.
However, the committee states that the contributions should be made at least a month before the summit but this is rarely observed.
The report notes that some of the states removed from the sanctions list have made commitments they must fulfil at the risk of being sanctioned.
Sierra Leone, one of the affected countries, was thus invited to fulfil its commitments according to the agreed calendar while the threat is still posing on Djibouti, which has pledged to pay its outstanding debts.
Burundi honoured its contributions arrears on the same day the sub- committee met.
Therefore, the sub-committee has reviewed its list to propose sanctions for only 11 countries, 10 of which have incurred contribution arrears for a long time.
These are Cape Verde, the Central African Republic, DR Congo, Eritrea, Guinea, Liberia, Mauritania, Sao Tome and Principe and Seychelles.
Niger closes the list with two years of outstanding debts.
On the whole, the report of the contribution sub-committee notes that on the date of 31 December 2006, the paid contributions stood at US$70 million, nearly US$55 million of which were remitted as contribution for the 2006 fiscal year.
At the same time, the pending contributions were estimated at US$57 million, which prompted the sub-committee to voice its concern about the difficulties experienced in collecting the contributions.
Nevertheless, the commission hailed Nigeria for paying US$10 million volunteer contributions, with Congo putting in US$20,000.

27 january 2007 12:54:00

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