Turkey to run for UNSC seat again

Turkey will run again for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council, Turkey's foreign minister announced.

Turkey to run for UNSC seat again

Turkey will run again for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council, Turkey's foreign minister announced on Saturday.

Turkey was elected a non-permanent member to the United Nations Security Council in a voting held on October 17, 2008. Its membership started on January 1, 2009. Turkey's two-year mission will end on December 31, 2010.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey would be a candidate again not long after the end of its membership.

"We have represented humanity and conscience over the past two years. We have represented the human quest for security and freedom. We have not represented interests of any other country or group. We have only represented our principled and honored world view in the UN," Davutoglu told a meeting of the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party in the central province of Konya.

Davutoglu said Turkey's two-year membership was considered by political analysts as a term that left its mark on UN.

"The other day, I have encountered ministers and officials of several countries at the last ministerial meeting of the UN Security Council in New York. They asked me when Turkey would run for a seat again. They told me that Turkey would absolutely win more than 153 votes this time. Because that number we won in 2008 was the highest number of votes. We will run again and we will win again," he said.

The United Nations Security Council is the branch of the UN charged with the maintenance of international peace and security. There are 15 members of the Security Council, consisting of 5 veto-wielding permanent members (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and 10 elected non-permanent members with two-year terms.


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