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Pakistan Wins Non-Permanent Member Seat Of UN Security Council

Posted by yourpakistan on October 22, 2011


Winning the bare minimum required to win the hotly contested elections, Pakistan won a seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for a two-year term. Securing 129 out of 193 votes in the United Nations General Assembly, exactly the two-third majority required to win the seat, Pakistan will now be a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in a term that begins on January 2012 and will end in December 2013.

The seat is on the Asia-Pacific and Africa group, where Pakistan will join India amongst other countries as non-permanent members. Morocco was also elected as a member of the non-permanent seats in the UNSC. Pakistan’s sole competition was expected to be with Kyrgyzstan, which was also hopeful of winning the Asia-Pacific seat. According to reports, Pakistan had secured support from India, China and the UAE amongst other countries to help Pakistan win the election.

Pakistan has been a member of the 15-member Council on six occasions in the past — 1952-53, 1968-69, 1976-77, 1983-84, 1993-94 and 2003-04. This would be the seventh time Pakistan would serve on the Security Council, and the fourth time its term would overlap with India. India and Pakistan have shared terms in the Security Council in 1968, 1977 and 1984.

Marking the culmination of a vigorous campaign spearheaded by Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon, said Pakistan’s election to the Security Council is the acknowledgement by the international community of its services and its capabilities to contribute to the maintenance of international peace and security which is the main function of the Security Council. The Pakistan delegation, led by Ambassador Abdullah Haroon, thus appeared to be confident of victory. “We have worked very, very hard over the past months,” Ambassador Haroon said.

A statement released from the permanent mission of Pakistan at the UN read “Pakistan is joining the Security Council at a time of great international upheaval and challenges. Pakistan’s extensive experience and active participation in the UN system makes it uniquely qualified to positively contribute towards addressing the current problems.”

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