The General Assembly of the United Nations admitted Papua New Guinea to membership of the world organisation on Friday (10 October).
The General Assembly of the United Nations admitted Papua New Guinea to membership of the world organisation on Friday (10 October). The Assembly approved by acclamation the recommendation of the Security Council that the new state should be admitted.
The former Australian trust territory therefore became the 142nd member of the United Nations, Papua-New Guinea gained its independence last month (September), but it had not been an easy transition for the new country.
Bougainville island, which is rich in minerals, has already declared itself " independent" of Papua-New Guinea, and it had accused the New Government in Port Moresby, and Australia of indifference to the island's problems. The loss of Bougainville would be a major blow to the revenue of the new country.
After Papua-New Guinea's admission into the world body, various speakers welcomed the new country and congratulated it on its independence. They included the Australian permanent representative, Mr. Ralph Harry, and Mr. Salim Ahmed Salim of Tanzania, who is the Chairman of the Committee of Twenty-four De-Colonialisation. In his speech the Prime Minister of Papua-New Guinea, Mr. Michael Somare, thanked the Assembly for its support.