The United Nations Security Council on Thursday (7 July) recommended that the newly independent African republic of Djibouti be admitted to U.
SV: French member of Security Council speaking in French.
SV: Somali council member, Hashi Sheikh Mussa, speaking in English.
SV: Ethiopian Council member Mohamed Ibrahim speaking in English
SV: Chinese Security Council President Chen Chu, calls for vote. (in Chinese)
HASHI SHETKH MUSSA (SOMALIA): "We in the Somali Republic are confident that the future we see a continuation of the close brotherly relationship that exists between the new independent state and the Somali Republic, a relationship already made strong by historical ties and by the common social, cultural heritage of our peoples."
MOHAMED IBRAHIM (TRANSCRIPT) "Ethiopia, which has deep-rooted ethnic, historic, economic and cultural ties with the Republic of Djibouti salutes all those who have struggled towards this aim and welcomes the new republic to the community of independent nations."
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Background: 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.