Five new countries to join Security Council as non-permanent members

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General Assembly holds elections for five new non-permanent members of the Security Council

Five countries have been elected to serve as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council.

Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, the Republic of Korea and Rwanda will begin their two-year terms in January 2013.

The decision follows a vote in the General Assembly on Thursday.

Dianne Penn reports.

The General Assembly is where all 193 UN member states have a voice, and candidates needed to secure a two-thirds majority, or 128 votes.

The Security Council consists of five permanent members—China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, which have the right of veto—and 10 non-permanent members.

The newly elected members will replace Colombia, Germany, India, Portugal and South Africa, whose terms end in December.

The remaining non-permanent members—Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo—will serve until the end of 2013.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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