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Denmark, Greece, Pakistan, Panama and Somalia were set to win seats on the UN Security Council in a secret vote on Thursday at the General Assembly.

The 193-member world body is scheduled to vote to elect five countries to serve two-year terms on the council. The 10 non-permanent seats on the 15-member council are allocated to regional groups that typically select their candidates but sometimes cannot agree on one. This year there are no such surprises.

Last year, Slovenia soundly defeated Russia’s close ally Belarus for the seat representing the Eastern European regional group, a vote that reflected strong global opposition to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

This time, the regional groups proposed Somalia for an African seat, Pakistan for an Asia-Pacific seat, Panama for a Latin American and Caribbean seat, and Denmark and Greece for two mainly Western seats.

The five council members elected Thursday will begin their terms on Jan. 1, replacing those whose two-year terms end on Dec. 31: Mozambique, Japan, Ecuador, Malta and Switzerland.

They will join the five permanent members with veto power: the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom and France, and the five countries elected last year: Algeria, Guyana, South Korea, Sierra Leone and Slovenia.

The Security Council is charged with maintaining international peace and security. But because of Russia’s veto power, it has been unable to take action on Ukraine and because of the United States’ close ties to Israel it has not called for a cessation of hostilities in Gaza.

The five countries expected to win seats on Thursday have served on the Security Council: Pakistan seven times, Panama five times, Denmark four times, Greece twice and Somalia once.

Virtually all countries agree that almost eight decades after the creation of the United Nations, the Security Council needs to expand and reflect the world of the 21st century, not the post-World War II era that is reflected now.

But with 193 countries with national interests, the central question and biggest disagreement is exactly how. And for four decades, those disagreements have blocked any meaningful reform of the UN’s most powerful body.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been modified by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First published: June 6, 2024 | 10:48 am IS

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