The Comoro Islands which lie north-west of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean were admitted to the United Nations on Wednesday (12 November).
The Comoro Islands which lie north-west of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean were admitted to the United Nations on Wednesday (12 November). Their admission brings the world body's membership to a total of 143 states.
The former French colony did not receive French support for its candidacy because of a dispute over one of the islands, Mayotte. The residents of Mayotte have opted to remain French.
The Comoro Islands' administration declared unilateral independence from France in July. The declaration preceded formal approval by the French Parliament of a referendum last December in which three of the four islands overwhelmingly voted for independence. Mayotte refused to follow the other three--a situation which is causing friction between France and the Comoro Islands.
When the Comoro Islands' application for membership came before the U.N. on Wednesday (12 November) the French ambassador Louis De Guiringaud served notice that because of the dispute he was not participating in the assembly decision.
After his brief statement the assembly adopted by acclamation a 74 nation resolution to admit the new state.
The Islands' President, Said Jaffar, spoke in support of his country's application for membership.