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Rwanda Takes Strategic Security Council Seat

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prostate geneva; font-size: small;”>This is a big achievement for Rwanda in pursuing her international and regional security interests.

The three countries obtained the required two-thirds majority of those Member States present and voting in the secret ballot held at UN Headquarters in New York.

The 193-member Assembly will hold a second round of balloting to remain the remaining two non-permanent seats. Balloting will continue until enough candidates reach that threshold, even if only one country is competing for a seat in a particular region.

Bhutan, Cambodia and the Republic of Korea are vying for the Asian seat, while Finland and Luxembourg are competing for the remaining seat from the Western European and Others category.

The five newly-elected members will replace Colombia, Germany, India, Portugal and South Africa, whose terms end on 31 December 2012.

The five permanent Council members, which each wield the power of veto, are China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Non-permanent members Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo will remain on the Council until the end of 2013.

6:30pm: The United Nations General Assembly is meeting Thursday to elect five non-permanent members to the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January 2013.

At UN Headquarters in New York, the 193-member Assembly will conduct the election by secret ballot, with winning candidates needing two thirds of those countries present and voting.

Balloting will continue until enough candidates reach that threshold, even if only one country is competing for a seat in a particular region.

Bhutan, Cambodia and the Republic of Korea are vying for the one seat for the Asian group, while Australia, Finland and Luxembourg are competing for two seats available for the Western European and Others category.

Rwanda is the sole candidate for one seat for the African group and Argentina for one seat for the Latin America and the Caribbean region.

The poll comes at a time when Rwanda is being accused of supporting the M23 rebels, allegations Kigali vehemently denies.

Rwanda’s foreign affairs minister described the report as “a determined political campaign to indict Rwanda” in a statement issued on Wednesday evening.

“The leak of the final report of the Group of Experts confirms what Rwanda has maintained ever since Hege’s incendiary anti-Rwanda writings came to our attention,” said Mushikiwabo.

“Rwanda will not allow itself to be dragged any deeper into this farce by responding to the Group’s far-fetched but fact-free assertions,” she stated.

“Every UN member-state should find cause for concern that these expert panels feel entitled to treat sovereign states in such an appalling fashion. Who are these unelected, unaccountable individuals to abuse the authority granted to them by the UN to pursue political vendettas and deny even basic procedural fairness to a country like Rwanda, a member of the United Nations for half a century?”

Meanwhile, the new members on the Security Council will replace Colombia, Germany, India, Portugal and South Africa, whose terms end on 31 December 2012.

The five permanent Council members, which each wield the power of veto, are China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Non-permanent members Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo will remain on the Council until the end of 2013.


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