Fiji's flag flew alongside those of other member nations of the U.N. for the first?
GV UN building TILT DOWN to U Thant and Mara
SV Press, PAN TO U Thant speaking to gathering
SCU Mara (on left) and U Thant
CV Flag fluttering in breeze as it's raised TILT DOWN TO officials shaking hands (3 shots)
SCV Fiji flag flying, PAN TO neighbouring flags
CV Fiji flag (Union Jack in top inside corner, with Fijian crest in middle of pale blue background)
GV UN building TILT DOWN TO row of masts and flags
Initials OJP/PNG/OS/2206 CP/PN/OS/2217
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Background: Fiji's flag flew alongside those of other member nations of the U.N. for the first time yesterday (Wednesday 21st October). Secretary General U Thant officiated at a simple flag-raising ceremony attended by the Fijian representative Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara and a small group of U.N. officials.
Fiji....a cluster of South Pacific islands, east of Australia and north of New Zealand....was granted independence on October 10th, after 96 years of British rule. It has now become the 127th member country of the United Nations. The Fijian flag, now flying alongside those of other member nations, has a coat of arms on a pale blue background, and a small Union Jack in the top left corner.