The Order of Malta Observer at the UN Assembly
New York. A meeting of the U.N. General
Assembly, in which the Order of Malta has been admitted as
Observer from last September. The Delegation of the Sovereign
Order, was led by the Receiver of the Common Treasure, Count
Carlo Marullo di Condojanni, accompanied by the Secretary for
Foreign Affairs, Amb. Luciano Koch and Amb. Dino Samaja, the
Order's Ambassador in Ecuador and President of the Brazilian
Association of Saġ Paolo.
The Sovereign Military Order of
Malta, as a further demonstration of its legal personality of
international law, was admitted as Permanent Observer to the Assembly of
the United Nations last September.
As the Order has not yet nominated its ambassador to the UN, the
Receiver of the Common Treasure, Count Carlo Marullo di Condojanni
presided, by mandate of His Most Eminent Highness the Prince and Grand
Master, Fra' Andrew Bertie, over the admission ceremony, accompanied by
the Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Luciano Koch.
Zaire. The Order's humanitarian work for
the Rwandese population, in the refugee camps set up in Zaire
along the border with Rwanda, where thousands found shelter
during their exodus from the lands devastated by civil war. In
the photo, the distribution of drinking water from the
purification plants installed by the German Relief Corps (MHD).
Count Marullo personally thanked the ambassadors of
the countries who had voted for the admission of the Sovereign Order in
the United Nations Assembly, and first of all Italy. The Italian Foreign
Minister, Sen. Antonio Martino, when welcoming the Order during the
admission session, stressed its great, universally recognised
humanitarian merits and its total, generous presence in disasters during
times of war and peace.
In turn, Count Marullo, meeting with the ambassadors of the various
countries represented in the United Nations, illustrated the
significance of the Order's presence in the assembly, affirming that it
will offer the possibility for closer ties with those governments not
yet bound by mutual diplomatic relations, for initiating suitable
contacts within the framework of the Order's commitments for the third
millennium. In this sphere, the Order has specific and carefully
considered strategies, not only for reorganising its internal structure
with the reform of its constitutional documents, but also for studying a
profound renewal within the framework of its humanitarian work with a
more rational distribution of resources.