South Sudan in Fast Lane to UN Membership
    2011-07-09 05:30:04     Xinhua       Web Editor: Zhangxu

By William M. Reilly

The new government of the world's newest country -- the Republic of South Sudan -- is preparing to obtain membership in the United Nations as soon as possible.

After gaining its independence from Sudan Saturday, officials in the capital of Juba were to hand UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon -- who was attending ceremonies there -- a formal request to join the world organization, formally declaring that it accepts the obligations of the UN Charter.

Ban will officially accept it, providing it in order, and relay it to the UN Security Council.

Germany's UN Ambassador Peter Wittig, this month's president of the panel of 15-member Council, said earlier in the week that Sudan was scheduled to be debated by the council on Wednesday and that was to include South Sudan's request.

Within a day or two after consideration and at least nine members approve it, without any objection from the five permanent members of Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, it will be sent to the 192-member UN General Assembly.

A spokesman for General Assembly President Joseph Deiss said the larger body could not schedule a session to vote on the application until the Security Council sent its recommendation to the General Assembly.

But once such a session is called to order, all UN members will have a chance to vote on whether South Sudan should join them.

"As soon as the Security Council has given its recommendation, the General Assembly will be ready to admit South Sudan as a new member of the United Nations," Deiss said following a meeting in Juba on Friday with South Sudan's new President Salva Kiir.

"Once the Security Council has met, the General Assembly will formalize the membership of South Sudan in line with the relevant rules of procedure."

Also in Juba on Friday, the secretary-general told Kiir in a joint press stakeout that he is "confident that this new country will soon become the newest member of the United Nations -- our 193rd member state."

Share

               


CRIENGLISH.com claims the copyright of all material and information produced originally by our staff. No person, organization and/or company shall reproduce, disseminate or broadcast the content in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of CRIENGLISH.com.

CRIENGLISH.com holds neither liability nor responsibility for materials attributed to any other source. Such information is provided as reportage and dissemination of information but does not necessarily reflect the opinion of or endorsement by CRI.

 
Listen
 
 

 
 
Highlights
CHINATALKS
Video
• C4: Bad Boys
Join us for the latest episode of CRI's hilarious comedy news show.
• C4: World Cup Fever
Join us for the latest episode of CRI's hilarious comedy news show.
In Depth

News
China
World
Politics
Business
Sports
Showbiz
Sci-tech
Photo
Recommended
China
World
Sports
Showbiz
Travel
Video
C4
The Sound Stage
Showbiz
Travel
China Revealed
My Chinese Life
Travel
Destinations
Photo Gallery
Recommended
Learn Chinese
"In" Chinese
Chatting in Chinese
Pop Culture
Traditional Culture
Living Chinese
Chinese Studio
Chinese Class
Learn English
Special English
Pop Chart
Everyday English
Fabulous Snaps
CRI News
China.org.cn  | Xinhua  | People's Daily Online   |  CNTV.cn  | China Daily  |  Global Times  | China Job  |  China Tibet Online  | Taiwan.cn  | eBeijing  | Beijing Today  | China-Eurasia Expo  | APEC Yiwu Conference  | Chinese Embassy in S.Africa  | Chinese Embassy in Australia  | Chinese Embassy in NZ