Grenada and Dominica suspended from voting at the UN over failure to pay dues

In a statement last week, the United Nations said it has added Grenada and Dominica to the list of countries, which also includes Suriname and Venezuela, banned from voting in the UN General Assembly because their failure to pay outstanding dues and contributions.

“Member states who are in arrears of an amount that equals or exceeds a contribution due for two years can lose their vote in the General Assembly,” UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said, referring to the UN Charter’s Article 19. “An exception is allowed if the state can show that conditions beyond its control contributed to the inability to pay.”

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