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Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:26 - Updated Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:26

Foreign minister rejoiced at Angolan election to UN Security Council

New York - The minister of Foreign Affairs, expressed on Thursday his rejoice at the exceptional way that Angola was elected non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, mainly by the elevated number of votes achieved in the process.

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Nova York: Sala da ONU durante a eleição da República de Angola para o conselho de segurança

Photo: Alberto Juliao

New York: Georges Chicoti - Angolan Foreign Affairs Minister

Photo: Alberto Julião

“We were expecting to be elected, but not by these expressive figures”, said Chicoti, in a reaction to the event, justifying that “the Angolans must be proud of this victory because it is a recognition of the international community”.

He added that it is an indicative of the prestige attained by Angola, “a great victory of the political and diplomatic action” of its President, José Eduardo dos Santos, who spent his time in the last years to the issues of peace and security in the Southern region.

Speaking to the Angolan press at the end of the session, Chicoti said that the elevated number of votes achieved by Angola in the election is also an expression of confidence and a “very strong reaction” of the international community to Angola. 

According to him, this election will increase the responsibilities of Angola, mainly in favour of peace in the world and region and the challenge is huge.

The Republic of Angola this Thursday in New York has reached a great achievement at the international political-diplomatic arena by winning at the ballot boxes, 190 of the 193 votes cast in its election to the Council Security of the United Nations (UNSC), as non-permanent member.

It was the highest number of votes achieved among the seven candidates that ran for the five seats of non-permanent members of the UNSC.

The Angolan bid was supported by the African Union which, in theory, means the unanimous support of all States of the Continent.

Malasia was elected for the seat reserved for Asia and Pacific, Venezuela was elected for Latin America and Caribbean seat and New Zealand for the Western Europe and other states.

Spain won the election for Europe.

This is the second time that Angola was elected for this restricted group, with highlight to the five powers that constitute the permanent seat with the right to veto, namely USA, Russia, China, France and UK.

The Angolan first election for the UNSC seat took place on 27 September 2002.

In representation of Africa, Angola joins Nigeria and Chad, whose terms will only end on 31 December 2015.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations and is charged with the maintenance of international peace and security. Its powers include the establishment of peacekeeping operations, the establishment of international sanctions, and the authorization of military action through Security Council resolutions.

It is the only UN body with the authority to issue binding resolutions to member states. The Security Council held its first session on 17 January 1946.

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