|Admission of the Federal Republic of Yougoslavia to the U.N. |
Admission of the Federal Republic of Yougoslavia to the U.N.
Source: Statements by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Mr. François Rivasseau. Paris, November 2, 2000. (Excerpts)
The General Assembly adopted resolution 55/12 yesterday admitting the FRY to the United Nations. The draft resolution was introduced by France on behalf of the EU and co-sponsored by 70 states.
In seeking admission to the United Nations, President Kostunica confirmed his adherence to the principles and values of the Charter and his resolve to break with the policy that Yugoslavia had been locked into by the Milosevic regime. A period of eight years, during which the Yugoslav people could neither participate in or be normally represented at the United Nations, has ended. The FRY's admission to the U.N. is an indispensable stage in Yugoslavia's reintegration into the international community.
In unanimously admitting the FRY to the United Nations, by acclamation, the international community has shown its support to the people of Yugoslavia and its new leaders, and for the changes taking place in Belgrade. It is significant that the admission procedure was carried out with such dispatch. The move is an important step towards reconciliation, stability and peace in a region that has been marked by so many trials.
On the initiative of the French presidency, the EU countries were resolutely involved in the admission of the FRY to the United Nations. We did so in response to the courage of the Yugoslav people and President Kostunica in choosing democracy and reconciliation. And also because the FRY's choice confirms its membership in the European family.