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Vatican considers UN membership

The Vatican is seriously considering whether to apply to become a full member of the United Nations instead of just an observer, as at present, according Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran.

"We will have to weigh carefully the consequences and the advantages and disadvantages of such a step," he told a press conference. "We are at the stage of elaborating the project, which is currently being studied by lawyers in the (Vatican) State Secretariat."

The Holy See is currently represented at the UN in New York by its permanent observer, Papal Nuncio Celestino Migliore.

But Tauran, secretary for relations with states of the Holy See, cautioned that no decisions had yet been taken on whether the Vatican should acquire full UN membership.

The Holy See maintains permanent observers at the United Nations in New York and Geneva and at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO, and its Food and Agriculture Organisation.


Permament Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations
United Nations

2 Jul 2003