UN SECURITY COUNCIL RECOMMENDS NAURU'S UN ADMISSION

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UNITED NATIONS, New York (June 30, 1999 - PIDP/CPIS/Hulsen)---The United Nations Security Council Monday, by a vote of 14 to zero, agreed to a draft resolution to accept Nauru's application for United Nations membership.

The Security Council recommendation now will be forwarded to the UN General Assembly for vote later this year, probably in September.

In a prepared statement, Nauru President Rene Harris said, "I welcome very much the vote of the Security Council. . . . After thirty years of independence, Nauru is anxious to play now its full role as an international state within the United Nations."

Earlier, there was some concern that China would veto Nauru's UN admission application, because of the central Pacific republic's diplomatic ties with Taiwan, which Mainland China considers a renegade province.

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