Turkey Elected Temporary Member of UN Security Council
Azerbaijan, Baku, 17 October / Trend / Turkey was elected the temporary member of UN Security Council, Turkish CNN Turk television reported.
Besides Turkey, Japan, Austria, Mexico and Uganda were elected the temporary members of the UN Security Council starting on 1 January 2009, Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, President of UN General Assembly, said after secret voting on 17 October. To be elected, it needs to gain two thirds of votes of the delegations of the General Assembly. Mexico gained 185 votes, Uganda - 181, Japan - 168, Turkey - 161, Austria - 133. Outsiders - Iceland and Iran - obtained correspondingly 87 and 32 votes, RIA Novosti reported.
The temporary members of the UN Security Council are elected for two-year terms, at end of which they can not be immediately re-elected. The mandate of the new members of the Security Council will start on 1 January 2009. Replacement according to the existing regulations occurs in accordance with the regional representation. In the African and Latin American groups, Uganda and Mexico will replace, correspondingly, outgoing Republic of South Africa and Panama. In the European - Turkey and Iceland - Belgium and Italy. In the Asian, where sharpest acute fight was developed, Japan occupied the place, which Indonesia will free.
The permanent members of the Security Council with the right of veto are Russia, China, USA, France and Great Britain. The decisions of the UN Security Council are obligatory for performance by all members of the United Nations.