2 Aug 2007

UN elects Palau as one of 21 vice-presidents on General Assembly

10:50 am on 2 August 2007

The United Nations General Assembly has elected Palau as one of the 21 Vice-Presidents of the General Assembly.

The Marianas Variety reports that Palau is the smallest country ever to be elected as Vice President and the first Pacific Island nation in 13 years to hold such a position.

Fiji was the last Pacific Island nation to hold a similar post.

Palau's Minister for State Temmy Shmull says the position plays an important role in the General Committee, which determines the agenda for the 62nd Assembly which begins on the 18th of next month.

Palau joined the UN in 1994.

Mr Shmull says Palau's candidacy was endorsed by the Asian Group, the largest UN regional group consisting of 55 members.