Statement by H.E. Ambassador Baki İlkin, Permanent Representative of Turkey to the UN, as Chair of the Asian Group on the Occasion of the Admission of the Republic of Montenegro to Membership in the UN

Baki İlkin 28.06.2006
Mr. President,

Following the Security Council's decision to recommend to the General Assembly that the Republic of Montenegro be admitted to membership in the United Nations, today we have gathered in the General Assembly to salute the admission of the Republic of Montenegro as the newest member of the United Nations. On this occasion, as Chair of the Asian Group for the month of June 2006, I have the honour to extend our warmest congratulations to the Republic of Montenegro for joining the United Nations family as its 192nd member.

We note with great satisfaction the solemn commitment of the Republic of Montenegro to abide by and fulfill the obligations contained in the Charter of the United Nations.

We would like to commend both the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Montenegro for the peaceful manner in which they concluded the dissolution of "Serbia and Montenegro", in line with the results of the referendum held in the Republic of Montenegro on 21 May 2006, organized in accordance with Article 60 of the Constitutional Charter of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. The two brotherly nations have decided to live in separate homes. We wish both countries continued progress and prosperity.

Mr. President,

The Asian Group looks forward to working closely with the representatives of the Republic of Montenegro in promoting peace, stability and welfare in the Balkans, as well as in the international sphere.

Thank you.