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Pakistan Wins Seat On UN Security Council


Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar addresses the UN's 66th General Assembly in September 2011.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar addresses the UN's 66th General Assembly in September 2011.

UNITED NATIONS -- Pakistan has been elected as a nonpermanent member of the United Nations Security Council for a two-year term beginning in January.

Pakistan secured the two-thirds majority required from the 193 UN members in the first round of voting.

It is the seventh two-year Security Council mandate for Pakistan, a veteran UN member state which is the second-largest contributor to UN peacekeeping forces.

The campaign also marked the first formal bid for a Security Council seat by Kyrgyzstan, even though that Central Asian country declared aspirations for a seat as far back as 1997.

Morocco and Guatemala also won seats on the 15-member council.

A second round of voting was required in a race between Azerbaijan, Slovenia, and Hungary for the seat being vacated by Bosnia-Herzegovina at the end of the year.
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