CL 116/20


Hundred and Sixteenth Session

Rome, 14 - 19 June 1999



1. The Director-General wishes to inform the Council that on 8 March 1999 he received a formal application for membership in the Organization from the Government of Niue.

2. This application will be considered by the Conference at its Thirtieth Session in November 1999.

3. Pending a decision by the Conference on this application and pursuant to Rule XXV.11 of the General Rules of the Organization and paragraphs B-1, B-2 and B-5 of the "Statement of Principles relating to the Granting of Observer Status to Nations", the Council is requested to authorize the Director-General to invite the applicant country to participate, in an observer capacity, in appropriate Council meetings as well as regional and technical meetings of the Organization which may be of interest to it.