Soviet seat in U.N. claimed by Russia

December 25, 1991|By New York Times News Service

UNITED NATIONS -- The Russian republic formally notified the United Nations yesterday that it was taking over the moribund Soviet Union's permanent Security Council seat as well as all its other rights and obligations in the world organization.

The notification came in the form of a letter signed by President Boris N. Yeltsin and given to Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar by Yuri M. Vorontsov, the former Soviet representative, who has been reaccredited as the representative of the Russian Federation.

Mr. Vorontsov described handing over the letter as a "historic moment." He predicted that the other republics, which make up the new loose commonwealth that is replacing the Soviet Union, would apply for full membership in the United Nations at a special session of the General Assembly in February.

According to Mr. Vorontsov, Russia's assumption of the Soviet Union's former position at the United Nations follows automatically from yesterday's letter and requires no further U.N. action.

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