Germany, India, South Africa get Security Council seats

12th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

Germany, India, South Africa and Colombia on Tuesday won seats on the UN Security Council.

But a second round of voting was ordered at the UN General Assembly for the final available place to be decided between Canada and Portugal.

India, South Africa and Colombia all secured the two-year terms on the council in uncontested votes.

Germany had been part of a three country battle for two seats from a group of countries from Western Europe along with Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

Germany, which had Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in New York to lobby support, secured 128 votes in the first round of voting, one more than the two thirds majority required.

Portugal had 122 votes and Canada 114.

Five of the 15 nations on the Security Council are elected to two year terms each year. Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States are permanent members of the council.

© 2010 AFP

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