South Sudan to become UN member this week
UNITED NATIONS - South Sudan, which declared its independence on Saturday, will become the 193rd member state of the United Nations this week, the UN said Monday.
According to the Journal of the United Nations, the Security Council's Ad Hoc Committee on Admissions was to hold a closed meeting later Monday on South Sudan's admission.
On Wednesday, the Security Council considers a resolution recommending the admission of South Sudan, accompanied by a short statement by the Security Council president, German Foreign Affairs minister Guido Westerwelle.
There will also be a debate in which the country's new president, Salva Kiir, will take part.
Thursday, the UN General Assembly will meet in the morning to formally announce South Sudan's membership.
South Sudan's request for UN admission arrived over the weekend, according to one Western diplomat.
The country declared independence before tens of thousands of its citizens and numerous foreign leaders Saturday after nearly 50 years of war with Sudan and millions of deaths.
The international community, and in particular the United States, China, Russia and the European Union, were quick to recognize the world's newest country, which despite its vast oil reserves is among the poorest in the world.