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    Turkish FM to travel U.S. to promote UN bid, as U.S. declines to comment

    HotNewsTurkey with wires
    11.10.2008 - 12:26 | Son Güncelleme:

    The U.S. declined to comment on which country it would support in the voting for the United Nations Security Council membership. Turkish Foreign Minister to visit New York to promote his country's bid ahead of the voting scheduled on Friday. (UPDATED)

    "We never talk about our votes before we cast them," the spokesperson of the State Department, Sean McCormack, was quoted as saying by the Anatolian Agency when asked about their choice in the voting.

    On Friday the U.N. would vote for the renewal of the non-permanent members of the Security Council. Turkey is among the candidate countries for Europe alongside with Iceland and Austria. The Turkish government has been intensified its lobby efforts.

    McCormack also reiterated Washington's stance on the PKK terror in the same daily press briefing. "We are working very closely with the Turkish and Iraqi Governments on a common problem; that is the threat of terrorism from the PKK," he added.



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


    Turkey, competing in the Western European and Others Group, has to win 128 votes or votes of two-thirds of countries joining the voting to secure a seat at the UN 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.



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