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Four Security Council Members Elected

Four Security Council Members Elected But One Seat Still Up For Grabs

New York, Oct 16 2006 2:00PM

The United Nations General Assembly today elected Belgium, Indonesia, Italy and South Africa to serve as non-permanent members of the Security Council for two-year terms starting 1 January 2007.

A fifth non-permanent seat, to be awarded to a member of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States, remains in contention after neither Guatemala nor Venezuela obtained the needed two-thirds majority during the first two rounds of voting today.

The four new members will take the seats currently occupied by Denmark, Greece, Japan and Tanzania when their terms on the Council end on 31 December.

The members were elected according to an agreed geographic allocation, which awards two seats to African and Asian countries, two to Western European and Other States, and one to Latin America and the Caribbean during this year’s round of elections.

Council elections are held by secret ballot, and a winning candidate requires a two-thirds majority of ballots of members present and voting. Formal balloting takes place even in those regions where there is only one candidate per available seat.

Belgium and Italy were the only contenders in the Western European and Other States category, and they received 180 and 186 votes respectively, ensuring their election. South Africa, the only candidate in the African group, was elected after picking up 186 votes. In Asia, where there were two contenders, Indonesia received 158 votes and Nepal received 28.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, Guatemala received 109 votes in the first round of voting and Venezuela picked up 76. In the second round, when 126 votes were needed for a two-thirds majority, Guatemala won 114 votes and Venezuela received 74.

If after three restricted rounds of balloting there is still no winner in that region, the election is then open to all members. Balloting will continue until a State achieves the required majority. The winner will replace Argentina, whose term expires on 31 December.

The Council’s five other non-permanent members, whose terms on 31 December 2007, are Congo, Ghana, Peru, Qatar and Slovakia. The five permanent members are China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States.


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