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Australia wins UN Security Council seat
news.com.au ^ | 19th October 2012 | Greg Truman

Posted on 10/18/2012 12:53:28 PM PDT by naturalman1975

AUSTRALIA has won its bid for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr attended a meeting in New York overnight for a secret ballot of the UN's 193 members.

Rwanda and Argentina have also won seats on the Security Council.

Australia, which needed at least 129 votes and was relying heavily on African, Caribbean and Pacific Island nations for support, received 140 votes.

Australia's Western Europe and Other Group competitors Luxembourg registered 128 and Finland 108.

It is the fifth time Australia will serve on the Security Council, the two-year tenure commencing at the start of 2013.

"It's always good to see Australia win," Senator Carr told reporters.

"This was a big, decisive, juicy win."

Australia will take a seat at the United Nations Security Council for just the fifth time after registering a surprisingly comfortable first-round ballot victory in New York.

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Australia, historically, has had a very hard time winning a seat on the Security Council partly because we don't have much of a 'bloc' to support us (not part of Europe, not part of Asia, not part of Africa - Oceania doesn't count much), but also because of the vested interest many countries have felt in denying the United States, and to a lesser extent, the United Kingdom, additional support on the Council for reforms aimed at increasing freedom around the world.
1 posted on 10/18/2012 12:53:30 PM PDT by naturalman1975
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Australia beats out Luxembourg for seat on the Security Council. And it was a close vote.


2 posted on 10/18/2012 1:03:46 PM PDT by Redmen4ever
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