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Russia joins FAO raising its membership to 190

Written by: Staff

New Delhi,Apr 13 (UNI) The Russian Federation has taken up membership of United Nation's agency for Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) after more than 60 years after its foundation.

In his letter, Russia's Foreign Affairs Minister Serguei Lavrov informed FAO Director-General Dr Jacques Diouf of his country's acceptance of the Constitution of FAO and Russia's willingness to carry out the obligations of a Member of the Organisation.

According to a communication recieved here from Rome, Dr. Diouf has warmly welcome the Russian Federation's historic decision to take up its membership of FAO."Russia is a major agricultural economy and membership of FAO will have advantages both for itself and for the Organisation as a whole," he added.

The decision means that FAO now has 189 member countries and one member organization, the European Community, following the admission of the Russian Federation.

FAO, following the practice of the United Nations, recognised the right of the Russian Federation to take on the rights of the former USSR.

The USSR, as one of the founders of FAO, was listed in the Constitution as a nation eligible for original membership in the Organisation. Original membership is accorded to the nations represented at the 1943 Hot Springs Conference in the USA, at which 44 governments decided to set up a permanent organisation in the field of food and agriculture.


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