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Slovenia the 176th full member of the UN

New York, 22 May - Slovenia has become the 176th full member of the UN. On the initiative of the Security Council, the General Assembly, without going to a vote, also accepted Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Croatia into the UN membership. After the speeches by representatives of the community of nations, Milan Kučan, President of the Slovenian Presidency spoke first, followed by the Foreign Minister of BiH Haris Silajdžić and the Croatian President Dr Franjo Tuđman. Before the General Assembly session, Kučan had a brief meeting with General Secretary Boutros Gali. Slovenia was the first of the three new members to apply for membership, on 5 May. Slovenia's application was followed by that of Croatia, while BiH, in just a few days, achieved the shortest time to date, from application to membership, in the history of the UN. "With our admission into the UN, the Slovenian nation has fulfilled its historic ambition of joining the international community," stressed Kučan in the Palace of Nations on the East River.

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