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Luxembourg secures temporary UN Security Council seat
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Luxembourg secures temporary UN Security Council seat

19.10.2012 From our online archive
Luxembourg has secured a temporary seat on the UN Security Council in the second round of voting, after the first round left the Grand Duchy short of just one vote to secure the bid.

(CS/AFP) Luxembourg has secured a temporary seat on the UN Security Council in the second round of voting, after the first round left the Grand Duchy short of just one vote to secure the bid.

Luxembourg came second in the first round of voting at the UN General Assembly on Thursday, but received just 128 of the needed 129 votes.

While Australia was voted into the council with 140 votes, Luxembourg and Finland came head to head in a second round with the Grand Duchy securing 131 votes, with Finland receiving just 62.

“Western Europe and Others” was not the only group for which seats were available on the Council.

Rwanda and Argentina were also voted into the Security Council in their respective categories in the first round of voting. Meanwhile South Korea beat out Bhutan and Cambodia in two rounds.

Every year, the UN Security Council renews five of its 10 temporary seats. The candidates voted today will join the Council for two years from the beginning of 2013 to the end of 2014.

The German Foreign Affairs Minister Guido Westerwelle congratulated Luxembourg on its successful bid, saying that Germany would support its neighbour on the Security Council.

The Green party has meanwhile asked for the agenda of the next meeting of the parliamentary commission on foreign and European affairs, defence, cooperation and immigration to be updated to include a discussion on the coordination between the government and the parliament for the UN mandate.

According to Foreign Affairs Minister Jean Asselborn, the campaign to promote Luxembourg's candidacy cost less than one million euros.