The United Nations Security Council on Thursday (7 July) recommended that the newly independent African republic of Djibouti be admitted to U.
The United Nations Security Council on Thursday (7 July) recommended that the newly independent African republic of Djibouti be admitted to U.N. membership. The general assembly will act on the recommendation in September, making Djibouti the 148th member state.
SYNOPSIS: During the debate that preceded the council vote, a number of speeches were made in support of the application. The French council member stressed that France did not intend to forget nor to ignore Djibouti which before independence on June the 26th was the French territory of Afars and Issas.
He welcomed Djibouti's leaders, in particular President Hassan Gouled, and said that France sent best wishes to Djibouti and its people. The welcome at the U.N. Security Council follows the admission of Djibouti to the Organisation of African Unity the day after independence was declared. Other security Council members who supported Djibouti were Hashi Sheikh Mussa of Somalia and Mohamed Ibrahim of Ethiopia. Both countries are neighbours of the fledgling state.
Security council President China's Chen Chu, called the vote. Earlier, he had talked of super-power aggression and rivalry being stepped up in the Red Sea area. The vote was unanimous.