U.N. elects Australia, Argentina and 3 others as non-permanent UNSC members
New York, United States (4E) – The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday elected five new non-permanent members to the U.N. Security Council (UNSC).
Rwanda, Argentina, Australia, South Korea and Luxembourg won the seats and will now serve the 15-member UNSC for next two years.
The non-permanent members are assigned on a regional basis. Each member needed 129 votes. Rwanda got the highest number of 148 votes after the second round followed by Australia 140, Argentina 182, South Korea 149 and Luxembourg 131.
South Korea defeated Bhutan and Cambodia in the second round in the Asia-Pacific region, while Luxembourg downed Finland in the “Western European and Others” group. The five elected nations will begin their stint at UNSC from January 1, 2013.