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    Pacific, African countries extend support to Turkey's UN council seat

    HotNewsTurkey with wires
    14.10.2008 - 09:47 | Son Güncelleme:

    Pacific and African countries extended support on Monday to Turkey's candidacy for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council in their meeting with the Turkish foreign minister in New York.

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

    Babacan met Monday permanent representatives of Pacific and African countries to the U.N. in New York to lobby for Turkey's candidacy for the seat in the Council.

    The permanent representatives told Babacan they learned more about Turkey and Turkish people thanks to the African Union summit and Pacific countries summit held in Turkey in 2008, state-run Anatolian Agency reported.

    The representatives said they felt themselves close to Turkey and they thought Turkey could understand them well, and pledged to support Turkey in the voting.

    Babacan is expected to meet representatives of Asian, Latin American and Caribbean countries on Tuesday.

    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.

    Diplomatic sources told hurriyet.com.tr that Turkey, however, should be ready for a surprising result despite the pledges from countries; as Turkey's rivals continue to lobby effectively, and the member countries would vote by secret ballot.

    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, 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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