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    Turkey in final lobbying for non-permanent UN Security Council seat

    HotNewsTurkey with wires
    12 Ekim 2008 - 11:08Son Güncelleme : 12 Ekim 2008 - 16:11

    Turkey deserves a non-permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council because of Ankara's growing influence on international affairs, Turkish foreign minister said on Sunday ahead of his departure for the United States for a final round of lobbying for the seat.

    Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan was speaking before departing for New York for a final round of lobbying for the seat which comes to a vote on Oct. 17.

    Babacan will hold a series of talks in New York between October 12 and 18 to promote Turkey's bid for the seat in the Council.

    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 been lobbying for the seat since 2004.   

    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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