- CNTV English - CCTV News

New non-permanent UNSC members elected

10-13-2010 09:44 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

The 192-member UN General Assembly has elected Colombia, Germany, India, Portugal and South Africa as non-permanent members on the UN Security Council. The five members will serve two-year terms starting January 1st.

Colombia, India, Germany and South Africa gained the uncontested seats as they had no opposition and won easily on the first ballot.

Portugal won 150 votes in the third round of the ballot to win as Canada withdrew its candidacy for the slot.

This is the first time Canada has failed to win a seat. The North American country lost support from African and Arab countries for its strong pro-Israeli policies.

Portugal's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Joao Gomes Cravinho says his delegation was not surprised by the win.

Joao Gomes Cravinho, Portugal's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, said, "With this I think we showed that Portugal has a foreign policy that reaches all parts of the globe and now we are going to start the difficult bit, which is the work, the preparation for the security council."

The five new non-permanent members of the council will replace Austria, Japan, Mexico, Turkey and Uganda.

The five members elected last year - Bosnia, Brazil, Gabon, Lebanon and Nigeria - will remain on the council until the end of 2011.

With victories by South Africa and India, and with Nigeria and Brazil already members, the council next year will have major regional and emerging global powers in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Germany's victory also puts Europe's major economic power and the world's fourth largest economic power on the council.


Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program