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    Asian, Latin, Caribbean countries pledge support to Turkey's UN seat

    HotNewsTurkey with wires
    15 Ekim 2008 - 11:57Son Güncelleme : 15 Ekim 2008 - 12:57

    Latin American, Caribbean and Asian countries pledged Tuesday to support Turkey in the U.N. vote for a non-permanent seat on the Security Council.

    Permanent representatives of these countries told Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan, who is conducting the final lobbying ahead of the Oct. 17 vote, that they appreciated Turkey’s foreign policy, Anatolian Agency reported. 

    Latin American and Caribbean countries said Turkey supported their countries during difficult times or in times of disaster, and added that now it was their turn to support Turkey in the U.N. vote, according to the report.

    Babacan continues to hold talks in New York to promote Turkey's bid for a non-permanent seat at the U.N. Security Council for the 2009-2010 term.  

    He met Monday permanent representatives of Pacific and African countries to the U.N. in New York. Those countries also extended their support to Turkey's candidacy for the seat.

    "There seems vast support for Turkey's non-permanent membership in the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council," Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan told Tuesday in an interview with the state-run TRT-2 channel.

    Babacan said Turkey must continue lobbying for that seat until the last minute since a secret ballot will be held in U.N. Security Council voting.

    "Turkey's election campaign at the U.N. General Assembly is a positive one. We focus on why Turkey deserves to be a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council and what Turkey will do as a non-permanent member. As a principle, we do not make any comments on other candidate countries," Babacan said.

    The U.N. General Assembly will elect five nations to serve two-year stints on the council. Turkey is racing against Austria and Iceland for two Western European seats.

    Turkey has to win 128 votes or votes of two-thirds of countries joining the voting to secure a seat at the U.N. Security Council.

    The council has five permanent members, including France, China, the Russian Federation, United Kingdom and the United States. Ten other members are elected by the General Assembly for two-year terms.

    Turkey held a seat on the Security Council in 1951-52, 1954-55 and 1961.

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