Iran Loses Bid for Security Council Seat

In a (rare) show of sanity and decency, the U.N. member states voted to give the temporary Asian seat on the Security Council to Japan (158) instead of Iran (32). Austria and Turkey won the two European seats, Mexico won the Latin American seat, and Uganda the African seat. The other five non-permanent members are Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Croatia, Libya and Vietnam. They are joined by the five permanent members, the U.S., the U.K., France, Russia, and China.

3 Responses to Iran Loses Bid for Security Council Seat

  1. Rich Rostrom says:

    I note that it was a secret ballot. I wonder if that had something to do with the result.

  2. Lynne T says:

    Last I heard, Turkey has not gained entry into the EU, and is geographically part of Asia, so how did it get a European seat on the UNSC?

  3. E.G. says:

    Lynne T,

    Why, someone has to keep an eye on Austria, and the Turks have some remote experience. Don’t forget that they also have very good relations with Israel.

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