Turkey elected non-permanent member of UN Security Council

Turkey elected non-permanent member of UN Security Council
# 18 October 2008 08:38 (UTC +04:00)
Turkey and Austria won Security Council seats with 151 and 132 votes respectively. Iceland got only 87 votes, failing to receive 128 required votes. Mexico and Uganda took the seats available for Latin America and Africa respectively without contest. For the Asian seat, Japan defeated Iran. So, Turkey, Austria, Uganda, Mexico and Japan will be non-permanent members of the Security Council in 2009-2010.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babajan called Turkey’s election to a seat in the UN Security Council after 48-year break a historical event.
“Today is a wonderful, historical day for Turkey and Turkish diplomacy,” he said.
He noted the 151 out of 192 member states had supported Turkey and added it made up 80 percent. Asked about regional problems the minister said Turkey had given an impetus to the new process in the Caucasus, put forward Caucasus Stability and Cooperation Platform, started dialogue with Armenia and contributed to the solution of problems between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
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