The United Nations Security Council has agreed unanimously to the admission of East and West Germany at the General Assembly session which opens on September 18th.
The United Nations Security Council has agreed unanimously to the admission of East and West Germany at the General Assembly session which opens on September 18th. They will become the 133rd and 134th members of the United Nations.
The Council decided to admit the two countries at a Council session on June 22nd after this was recommended by the Committee on the Admission of New Members which met the previous day. Among those who spoke welcoming the decision were the Soviet Ambassador, Jacob Malik, the ambassador for The People's Republic of China, Huang Hua, the French ambassador. Louis de Guiringaud, and the United States ambassador, William Schaufele.(Resumes of their speeches are included in the commentary.)
Both the West German Chancellor, Willy Brandt, and the East German Premier, Willi Stoph will go to New York in September to address the General Assembly after formal admission.
In East Germany's case, this will not be unanimous. Israel has said it will oppose East German entry because East Germany has refused to take any responsibility for compensation for the murder of millions of German Jews under Nazi rule.
West Germany will be among the biggest contributors to the UN budget. Its assessment is expected to be about 6.8 percent - higher than the assessments of France and Britain, which are permanent Council members. East Germany's assessment is expected to be about 1.5 percent.
SYNOPSIS: At the U.N. Security Council on Friday, the American Ambassador William Schaufele said:
The Soviet Ambassador, Jacob Malik, President of the Council, hailed the unanimous decision to admit the two Germanies as a substantial further contribution to the cause of ensuring international peace and security. The two states will become the 133rd and 134th members of the United Nations.
The ambassadors from The People's Republic of China, Huang Hua said China has established diplomatic relations with both states and was ready to develop its relations further on the principle of peaceful coexistence.
The French ambassador, Louis de Guiringaud also welcomed the new members. He said the countries of the European Economic Community had broken with the idea of empire to bring about material integration and political harmony of national interests. He said the German nation had been the last victim of the mirage of empire in Europe. And he went on to say France would be further developing its relations with East Germany.
West Germany is expected to become one of the biggest contributors to the UN budget.