Iran and the Central African Republic(CAR) both lose their voting rights in the 193-member general assembly. The reason was given that they didn’t pay their dues.
United Nations headquartered in New York, needs fund for its functioning as it does not have any source of income of its own. It receives its budget from its 193 member countries. Overall 195 countries are part of the U.N. but 2 countries that are non-member observer states: the Vatican city and the state of Palestine do not provide funds to the U.N. Iran, on the other hand, hadn’t paid any money to the UN for the past few years. So the UN decided to suspend the voting rights of Iran.
The irony here is Iran has money to fund various militant groups in its neighbourhood but does not have money to provide fund to the UN.
According to the secretary-general’s letter, the minimum payments needed to restore voting rights are $16,251,298 for Iran and $29,395 for the Central African Republic.
Iran’s foreign minister ‘Javad Zarif’ has put on his tweet on Twitter saying that “we are a victim of US sanctions, they called it US economic terrorism and it’s preventing them from paying off dues of UN. He also stated that Iran is unable to pay for the food they eat.
In a statement released by the ministry of foreign affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, they also stated that Iran is fully committed to fulfilling the financial obligations to the UN and will continue to make every effort to settle the arrears in the payment of its financial contribution to the UN and other international organisations as soon as the underlying imposed condition, i.e the US unlawful unilateral coercive measures, is removed.
So it seems until Joe Biden withdraws sanctions from Iran, Iran won’t be able to vote in the U.N.