New UN code elements for "Serbia" and "Montenegro"

Doug Ewell dewell at
Sat Jul 1 19:18:08 CEST 2006

The UN Statistics Division has assigned new 3-digit numeric M.49 code 
elements for Serbia (688) and for Montenegro (499), and has listed the 
previously assigned code element for Serbia and Montenegro (891) under 
the heading "Codes not in current use."


The first paragraph of Section 3.3 of draft-registry says that as new 
codes are assigned in (among others) UN M.49, the Reviewer MUST evaluate 
them for inclusion as new subtags in the Registry, and submit them if 
there is no conflict.

However, since it is widely expected that ISO 3166/MA will soon assign 
new alpha-2 (and alpha-3) code elements for these two countries, 
corresponding to these UN code elements, I suggest we do NOT rush to 
adopt the UN codes, but rather wait for the ISO codes to be announced.

Doug Ewell
Fullerton, California, USA

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