UNITED NATIONS, Oct 18 (KUNA) -- In connection with today's elections by
the General Assembly of five new Security Council members, a diplomat told
KUNA that Saudi Arabia is expected to be elected next October as a
non-permanent member of the Council for the first time for the period
Saudi Arabia will occupy an Asian seat in the Council. It will also
represent the Arab world. Morocco, which occupies an African seat and has been
representing the Arab world, will leave the Council on December 31st, 2013.
The so-called Arab seat in the Council alternates between Asian and North
African states every two years.
The diplomat argued that Saudi Arabia is expected to run unopposed, since
it has already been endorsed by the Asian group, and it is among the 20
countries in the Assembly which have never been members of the Council since
the UN creation.
The elections will take place in mid October 2013.
The General Assembly on Thursday elected Australia, Luxemburg, Argentina,
Republic of Korea, and Rwanda to serve as non-permanent members of the
Security Council for the 2013-2014 term. (end)
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