The United Nations Committee of Admissios, comprising all 15 members of the Security Council, has unanimously endorsed the application of Guinea-Bissau for U.
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SV U.K. Delegate (Richard) speaks.
Her Majesty's Government recognise the independence of Guinea-Bissau forthwith, and are ready to establish diplomatic relations with the new government in due course. We unreservedly welcome this important step forward about which we have been in close consultation with our colleagues in the European Community . There will be a warm welcome in Britain for the Republic of guinea-Boas and we look forward to close and friendly relations with this new West African Stae. We shall support guinea-Boas's application for full membership of the United Nations.
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Background: The United Nations Committee of Admissios, comprising all 15 members of the Security Council, has unanimously endorsed the application of Guinea-Bissau for U.N. membership.
It has recommended the General Assembly, which opens on September 17, admit Guinea-Bissau as the 138th member state.
Guinea-Bissau, formerly Portugese Guinea, lodged an application for membership last month.
Portugal, in a letter delivered to the Security Council President, Mr. Jacob Malik of the Soviet Union, said it would grant recognition to the new state "at an early date".
Portugal also intends to withdraw its forces from the West African territory, except those that might remain temporarily by "free and mutual agreement".
Under U.n. rules only the assembly may vote an applicant into membership. But it may not act until the Security Council has endorsed the Candidate.
The Assemby recognised Guinea-Bissau as an independent state last September and since then nearly 100 countries have accepted its nationhood.
On Monday (12 August), Britain's representative in the Security Council, Mr. Ivor Richards set out the British position:
SYNOPSIS: The United Nations seems likely to have a new member soon. The flag of the small West African territory of Gunea-Bissau will be flying if she is admitted as the one hundred and thirty-eight member state when the General Assembly meets later this week.
The African Nationalist Organisation of Guinea-Bissau claimed independence last September. The U.N. General Assembly later recognised the claim, but no attempt was then made to bring the country into the U.N. as a full member. Under U.N. rules only the Assembly may vote an applicant into membership. But it may not act until the Security Council has endorsed the candidate. That endorsement was unanimous on Monday.
The President of the Security Council, Mr. Jacob Malik of the soviet Union, had earlier received a letter from Portugal saying it would grant recognition to the new state at "an early date". Portugal also intends to withdraw its forces from the former Portugese Guinea, except those that might remain temporarily by mutual agreement. about one hundred countries have now accepted Guinea-Bissau' nationhood. Britain's representative in the Security Council, Mr. Ivor Richards estates his country's position.