The United Nations General Assembly opened its 28th annual session on Tuesday (18 September). One?
The United Nations General Assembly opened its 28th annual session on Tuesday (18 September). One of its first acts was to admit three new members: East and West Germany, and the newly independent Commonwealth of the Bahamas -- bringing U.N. membership to 135 nations.
There was some opposition to the admission of East Germany to the world body. Israel expressed criticism over the alleged failure of East Germany to prosecute ex-Nazis.
Stanislaw Trepczynski, Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland, who was last year's General Assembly President, presided over the opening minutes of the session, in which delegates filling the Assembly Hall elected veteran ambassador Leopoldo Benites of Ecuador as his successor.
The first major debate in the General Assembly is expected to be on the question of Korea. North Korea now holds observer status at the U.N., a privilege exercised by South Korea for more than 20 years. Sharp debate is expected on whether the divided peninsula should be brought into the United Nations as two countries or its admission delayed in hope of its reunification.
This General Assemble session is expected to last 13 weeks.