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Iran, Libya lose their voting rights in UN due to non-payment of fees

09:55, 19 January 2021
Iran, Libya lose their voting rights in UN due to non-payment of fees Photo: UN/XinHua/Global Look Press

Seven countries, including Iran, have lost their right to vote in the UN General Assembly because of unpaid dues, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, AFP reports.


The UN charter calls for such a voting rights suspension for countries whose arrears equal or surpass the amount of the contributions due from them to UN coffers in the previous two years.

The other six countries are Niger, Libya, the Central African Republic, Congo Brazzaville, South Sudan, and Zimbabwe, Guterres said in a letter to the president of the General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir of Turkey.

The US has added 16 organizations and three people to the sanctions lists on Iran, including one on terrorism charges, NEWS.ru reported earlier.