Ukraine wins coveted UN Security Council seat

Japan, Uruguay, Senegal and Egypt also elected to serve two-year terms on UN's most powerful body

Ukraine wins coveted UN Security Council seat

World Bulletin / News Desk

Ukraine was elected by the UN General Assembly on Thursday to serve a two-year term on the Security Council alongside Russia.

Ukraine's election means it will also have a strong voice on the UN's most powerful body alongside Russia, a country with which it has had tense relations.

Kiev and its Western allies accuse Russia of supporting a separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine, where fighting that began in April 2014 has killed more than 8,000 victims.

Japan, Uruguay, Senegal and Egypt also won seats on the 15-member body.

The Council comprises five permanent members wielding veto power — Britain, China, France, Russia and the U.S.— and 10 temporary members without that privilege.

The five new members will on Jan. 1 replace Chad, Chile, Jordan, Lithuania and Nigeria.

Their voting was virtually a formality with the candidates running unopposed for their regional groups. They had to, however, obtain the votes of two-thirds of the 193 UN member states.

Of the 192 member states that participated in the vote, Senegal won 187 votes, Uruguay secured 185 votes, Japan 184, Egypt 179 and Ukraine 177.

The structure of the Council faces criticism for the overriding influence of permanent members whose national interests regularly trump action in humanitarian crises, most recently in Syria and Ukraine.

Many have described the privileges held by the five permanent members as anachronistic and far from representative of the cultural and geopolitical realities of the world.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Ekim 2015, 09:05