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Moooo
06-28-2006, 02:07 PM
Kinda cool to see a war-torn nation getting back on its feet.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060628/wl_nm/montenegro_un_dc

Montenegro admitted as 192nd United Nations member

By Evelyn Leopold

Montenegro on Wednesday became the 192nd member of the United Nations, a month after it ended its 88-year partnership with Serbia that completed the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.

"I declare the Republic of Montenegro admitted to membership in the United Nations," U.N. General Assembly President Jan Eliasson announced after calling for approval by acclamation in the 191-nation body.

General Assembly members then broke into applause as the Balkan country's president, Filip Vujanovic, Foreign Minister Miodrag Vlahovic and U.N. envoy Nebojsa Kaludjerovic were escorted to their new seats, next to the Mongolian delegation.

"I am confident that Montenegro will strive for good neighborly relations and strong regional cooperation in the western Balkans, thus promoting stability in an area struck by conflict in the recent past," Eliasson said.

The resolution accepting Montenegro as a member was introduced by Austria's U.N. ambassador, Gerhard Pfanzelter, whose country currently heads the 25-member European Union.

Montenegro has about 650,000 people, compared to Serbia's population of 7.5 million, with a landscape of forested mountains and a sparkling Adriatic coast destined for a tourism boom.

It declared independence from Serbia on June 3, after a referendum passed by a slim margin on May 21.

The U.N. seat previously assigned to Serbia and Montenegro is now in Serbia's hands. The last country to join the United Nations was East Timor, in September 2002.

Montenegro is the last of former Yugoslavia's constituent republics to leave the orbit of Serbia, after Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia and Bosnia split during the bloody Balkan wars of the 1990s.

After Serbia's U.N. envoy wished Montenegro well, Vujanovic said he particularly wanted to develop close cooperation with Belgrade "in all spheres of common interest reflecting our social and historic ties."

"Montenegro has been very proud of its multiethnic and multireligious harmony, as one of its fundamental values, recognizable both in a regional and broader international context," Vujanovic said.

Jackie Sanders, a U.S. deputy ambassador, told the assembly, "We join our colleagues in extending our congratulations to the Republic of Montenegro on this momentous occasion in its history."

Shortly after the General Assembly plenary, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Eliasson and the Montenegro delegation went to the front lawn of the U.N. complex to raise Montenegro's red flag bearing a gold coat of arms.

"The people of Montenegro demonstrated that adherence to democratic values and the rule of law offer the most effective way to achieve political goals," Annan said. "These are especially important messages given the recent violent past in the Balkan region."

(Additional reporting by Ljubinka Cagorovic in Podgorica)

vailpass
06-28-2006, 03:09 PM
Fantastic. How much $ will it cost the US to pay their UN dues every year?
NYPD get ready for another stack of unpaid parking and traffic tickets.

Adept Havelock
06-28-2006, 05:15 PM
Fantastic. How much $ will it cost the US to pay their UN dues every year?
None. Hell, the US is too cheap to pay it's own dues. :shrug:

NYPD get ready for another stack of unpaid parking and traffic tickets.

Bravo Foxtrot Delta. Our diplomats do it in every other country, why shouldn't theirs return the favor?

I did chuckle when a few years ago when I heard from a relation that NYPD had had to transfer a couple of cops to another part of the city. Seems a number of illegally parked diplomatic vehicles kept getting their rear view mirrors and windshields smashed. ROFL

Good for Montenegro. Nice to see something favorable happen to those poor bastards.

the Talking Can
06-28-2006, 05:19 PM
Monte who?

vailpass
06-28-2006, 05:45 PM
None. Hell, the US is too cheap to pay it's own dues. :shrug:

WTF do you mean by this? Is some other country now in charge of keeping up the facilities and security for the UN Building? The US is Clarke Griswold and most of the rest of the world are a whole bunch of Cousin Eddies hangin' around our place offering us warm beers while drinking our cold ones.

Bravo Foxtrot Delta. Our diplomats do it in every other country, why shouldn't theirs return the favor?

I did chuckle when a few years ago when I heard from a relation that NYPD had had to transfer a couple of cops to another part of the city. Seems a number of illegally parked diplomatic vehicles kept getting their rear view mirrors and windshields smashed. ROFL
:clap: Nice

Good for Montenegro. Nice to see something favorable happen to those poor bastards.