UN: Somalia Elected To Security Council After Over 50 Years

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Somalia was elected on Thursday, June 6, to serve on the UN security council as a non-permanent member for two years.

Denmark, Greece, Pakistan and Panama also got seats on the U.N. Security Council in a secret ballot in the General Assembly.

The 193-member world body elected five countries. The 10 non-permanent seats on the 15-member council are allotted to regional groups that usually select their candidates but sometimes can’t agree on one. There were no such surprises this year.

This time, the regional groups put forward Somalia for an African seat, Pakistan for an Asia-Pacific seat, Panama for a Latin America and Caribbean seat, and Denmark and Greece for two mainly Western seats.

The freshly elected council members will start their terms on January 1, replacing those whose two-year terms end on December 31 Mozambique, Japan, Ecuador, Malta, and Switzerland.

They will join the five veto-wielding permanent members — the United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, and France — and the five countries elected last year — Algeria, Guyana, South Korea, Sierra Leone, and Slovenia.

The Security Council is charged with maintaining international peace and security. But because of Russia’s veto power it has been unable to take action on Ukraine, and because of close U.S. ties to Israel it has not called for a cessation of hostilities in Gaza.

All five countries that won seats on Thursday have previously served on the Security Council, Pakistan seven times, Panama five times, Denmark four times, Greece twice and Somalia once.

Virtually every country agrees that almost eight decades after the United Nations was established the Security Council needs to expand and reflect the world in the 21st century, not the post-World War II era reflected now.

But with 193 countries with national interests, the central question, and the biggest disagreement, is exactly how. And for four decades, those disagreements have blocked any significant reform of the U.N.’s most powerful body.

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