PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT
Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center
Center for Pacific Islands Studies/University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
UN COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS MEMBERSHIP FOR TUVALU
UNITED NATIONS, New York (February 3, 2000 – Radio Australia)---The United Nations Security Council's Committee on Admissions has recommended Tuvalu’s admission to the work body.
However, the committee’s report on the matter noted that China declined to join the recommendation for reasons it did not reveal.
Observers say Tuvalu's diplomatic ties with Taiwan could hinder final acceptance of its UN membership application.
As a permanent member of the Security Council, China has the option to veto Tuvalu's application when it comes before the council for a vote on February 17.
Last year, Beijing delayed consideration of UN membership for Nauru for a month because of Nauru's diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Nevertheless, Nauru’s membership was approved.
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