Search

 

Cablegate: Jordan Asks for Usg Support On Oios Audit Issue At

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS AMMAN 002793

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KUNC PREL IZ JO UNSC ERIN
SUBJECT: JORDAN ASKS FOR USG SUPPORT ON OIOS AUDIT ISSUE AT
JUNE 4 UNCC GC MEETING

REF: A. GENEVA 1706
B. GENEVA 1919

1. (U) This is an action request for the Department. See
paras 3-4 below.

2. (U) Acting Foreign Minister Shaher Bak asked the
Ambassador and PolCouns May 29 for USG support for Jordan's
position in the upcoming June 4 meeting of the Governing
Council (GC) of the UN Compensation Commission (UNCC). Bak
explained that the June 4 meeting would discuss an audit by
the UN's Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) of a
1999 UNCC award of USD 72 million to the Government of Jordan
(see refs). Bak explained that the OIOS audit concluded that
the UNCC had overpaid Jordan by USD 46 million. Reading from
UNCC rules, Bak argued that all UNCC award decisions are
final and cannot be appealed. Bak asked for USG support for
Jordan's position in the June 4 GC meeting. The Ambassador
undertook to get a position from Washington.

3. ACTION REQUEST: Please advise on the USG's position on
Jordan's case. We note that para 3 of ref A contains
"contingency talking points" for Geneva on this issue, as
follows:

-- The award to Jordan has been made, is final, and has been
paid.

-- The award cannot and should not be reopened.

-- The UNCC acted within its authority with respect to the
award.

-- The U.S. supports the UNCC in general and the UNCC rule
that awards are final.

4. (U) Please advise whether Embassy Amman is authorized to
use these points to respond to the GOJ's request for support.
Gnehm

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Syria: Economic Decline, Rising Hunger And Surging Humanitarian Needs

Syria’s fragile economy has “suffered multiple shocks” over the past 18 months, with its currency plummeting and joblessness swelling as people struggle to cover their basic needs, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council ... More>>

OECD: Final Quarter Of 2020 Shows Continued Recovery In G20 International Merchandise Trade

G20 international merchandise trade continued to rebound in the fourth quarter of 2020 ( exports up 7.2% and imports up 6.8%), following the sharp falls seen in the first half of 2020, as lockdown measures affected trade globally. Although growth ... More>>

UN Report: Civilian Casualties Surged After Peace Talks Began In Afghanistan

Monitoring by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, and the UN Human Rights Office has revealed that despite a drop in civilians killed and injured overall in 2020 there was a rise in civilian casualties following the start of peace negotiations ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs


2021: Critical Year To ‘reset Our Relationship With Nature’ – UN Chief

During this time of “crisis and fragility”, the UN chief told the United Nations Environment Assembly on Monday that human well-being and prosperity can be vastly improved by prioritizing nature-based solutions. Painting a picture of the turmoil ... More>>


Paris Agreement: UN Secretary-General António Guterres To Mark U.S. Reentry With Envoy For Climate John Kerry

Watch live at webtv.un.org UN Secretary-General António Guterres will join U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John F. Kerry at an event marking the United States’ reentry into the Paris Agreement this Friday. The discussion with the Secretary-General ... More>>

WeBeliev: Scoop In Conversation With Abhishek Sinha, Founder Of WeBeliev, An NZ Crowdfunding Platform

WeBeliev supports 17 SDGs, launching sector specific campaigns every month Q. What is WeBeliev and why did you start it? A. WeBeliev is a Singapore-registered crowdfunding platform aimed at fundraising for all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ... More>>