Pato clarifies delay in UN payment
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Rimbink Pato said the delay in the payment of membership contribution to the United Nations is an administrate issue and is being resolved.
He said there was an error that saw the contribution funds used for ongoing operations, and that was being resolved through the transfer of additional funds.
“If the journalist (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) behind the article had checked with appropriate sources, the article on UNGA funds would not have been a story,” Pato said.
“The remittance of funds to overseas missions involves payments for different diplomatic purposes.
“In the case of the UN contributions, the funds were simply used for other operational areas.
“This was realised and by Friday the transfer of additional funds was underway with the allocation due to arrive in PNG UN Mission account over the weekend.”