UN membership seen shortly after South Sudan splits

By REUTERS
July 6, 2011 02:17

UNITED NATIONS - South Sudan could become a United Nations member state quickly after seceding from the north, under a timetable given by the UN Security Council's president on Tuesday.

Poor, conflict-ravaged but oil-producing South Sudan is preparing to secede on July 9 and the United Nations is gearing up to become guardian of what will be its 193rd member state.

The UN Security Council will likely adopt a resolution on July 13 to recommend membership of South Sudan, German Ambassador Peter Wittig, UN Security Council president this month, told reporters on Tuesday.

That will likely be recommended to the United Nations General Assembly to act upon the following day, said Wittig.


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