Brazil Approved to UN Security Council Seat by a Landslide

UN Security Council Brazil, Nigeria, Lebanon, Gabon and Bosnia were elected Thursday to non-permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council. They will serve two-year terms starting January 1st and will participate in decisions ranging from deploying U.N. peacekeepers to imposing sanctions.

This year's vote lacked the suspense of some previous elections, because all five candidates were unopposed and succeeded in getting the two-thirds majority required in the first round of secret ballots.

Brazil received the support from 182 out of 190 UN country members with seven abstentions and one vote for Venezuela.

Brazil joins the council for the 10th time. It is a founding member of the United Nations and was part of the first group elected to the Security Council in 1946. It last held the bench in 2004/05.

The fact that there was no competition for the Latin America seat following Mexico's unopposed nomination last year seems to signal that the region wants to avoid sour disputes as happened in 2006 with Guatemala and Venezuela.

UN members had to vote 48 times to try and achieve the necessary two thirds and the dispute was finally agreed with the nomination of Panama as a consensus candidate.

Brazil is also lobbying strongly for a UN reform that would expand the permanent members of the Security Council incorporating regional representatives, which obviously would include Brazil and probably Mexico.

Ten of the council's 15-seats are filled by regional representatives for two-year terms. The other five seats are permanent ones held by veto-wielding members Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

British Ambassador John Sawers said the additions to the council will make it even stronger.

"We have two large countries in Brazil and Nigeria who carry the weight of being a regional power," he said. "We have two countries in Lebanon and Bosnia who have been through conflict and can bring their own national experiences to the Security Council."

Lebanon and Bosnia and Herzegovina are in the unusual position of also being on the council's agenda.

Bosnia is a multiethnic country still recovering from the war that accompanied the break-up of Yugoslavia. It has experienced internal divisions and rising tensions in the past year, as major political parties struggle to agree on a basic political structure.

Bosnian Foreign Minister Sven Alkalaj said the current political crisis would not adversely impact its role on the council or prevent it from taking common positions.

"The situation in Bosnia is going to be stable, it is now stable. What is happening now is some political crisis that also happens elsewhere in world," he said.

Lebanon has one of the largest UN peacekeeping forces in the south of its country. It is also the subject of a UN-backed tribunal which is considering indictments in the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. Internal divisions have prevented the formation of a new government following June elections.

One council diplomat said Lebanon could prove to be something of a wild card on Middle East issues – particularly Iran's nuclear ambitions. He noted that if the Iranian dossier comes back to the council for possible sanctions, Lebanon, which will likely have members of Iranian-backed Hezbollah's political wing in its next government, could have a conflict of interest and choose to abstain from voting.

Nigeria has served three times before. Foreign Minister Ojo Maduekwe said his country would work to prevent crises and conflicts, deal with human rights issues and generally promote international solidarity.

"We intend that working with all the other members of the U.N. Security Council," he said. "Our preventive diplomacy will be central to our approach to a lot of issues."

Nominations for non-permanent seats are not required and countries simply announce their intention to run. Consideration is given to an equitable geographical distribution and a candidate's contribution to the maintenance of international peace and security.

The five new members are replacing outgoing council members Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Croatia, Libya and Vietnam. In addition to the five permanent council members, they will join Austria, Mexico, Japan, Turkey and Uganda on the 15-member council.



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  • ch.c.

    My guess is that there is far too much Arab investment
    Which ones ?
    Those made by Ford, GM, Cargill, Santander, NestlΓ€Ζ’Β©, Deere, Monsanto, Syngenta, etc ??????

    And noooooo, a Non permanent seat is not one of mistrust !
    Simply every ones turn !

    Latest news…..
    have you heard the news that a police helicopter went down today in Rio ?
    shot down by the gangs in the favelas !
    I suppose they too wanted to show how happy they were for the Olympic Games !
    Dont worry they just wanted to make a firework and they did !

    And you know who is very happy ? Sarkozy !

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  • ch.c.

    Brazil Approved to UN Security Council Seat by a Landslide
    Ohhhh sure…for 2 years…and for a NON permanent seat….to my knowledge !
    The article headline omitted that “detail” on purpose.

    And Nigeria, Lebanon, Gabon and Bosnia….were too Approved by a Landslide…by definition !

    Ohhhh my….ohhhh my….these brazilians are 1000000 % sure they are the World Best !
    Just read their medias !

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  • Forrest Allen Brown

    carlos wutke barwick
    gee what are your troops doing in haiti now .

    what does your PM do in rio and sp every day .

    your troops do it at home and in third world country where your comander was going to
    be hauled to the hauge for trial for sex with children

  • HANS

    carlos wutke barwick and to all
    Carlos, I don’t think Americans or anyone love killing people overseas. Making broad mis-characterizations and generalizations simply fuels anger and reinforces ignorance.

    As an outside observer, I think that any seat at the Security Council doesn’t provide Brazil with any benefit. Why Lula and company want to be so vocal lately may be more about competing with Brazil’s so called ally and friend, Hugo Chavez. Brazil has a perfect opportunity to reinvest all its recent good fortune into itself but instead is trying to create a notion that it is a world power now. I do not see how this benefits the Brazilian people in any way.

    As an American service member, I love the thought that Brazilian soldiers might some day take the place of an American one, and many of those who criticize America can share some of the burden and responsibility of maintaining some semblance of world order.

    JUST MY OPINION, THOUGH. Don’t want to piss anyone off.

  • carlos wutke barwick

    To the anti-brazilians,get a life and go read something that americans love to do,kill people overseas…

  • João da Silva

    [quote]And you know who is very happy ? Sarkozy ! [/quote]

    Why is he soo happy, Komrade? You want to say something, but….but…like to keep the proverbial Turkeys in suspense. Spill the beans before the editors of this magazine expel you. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

  • dnbaiacu

    Interesting observation….
    [quote]Ohhhh sure…for 2 years…and for a NON permanent seat….to my knowledge !
    The article headline omitted that “detail” on purpose. [/quote]

    Brazil will have the seat long enough to get screwed real good and then……..

    My guess is that there is far too much Arab investment in the country for Brazil to be considered for a “permanent seat”. Imagine Brazil being caught in a situation where they are either faced with a decision to act in behalf of the countries “security ” or “financial” interests.
    A “non permanent’ seat is a sign of mistrust (as if anyone trusts anyone) or high volatility in the risk factor in the area.
    Brazils elite are either very self-serving or very stupid. Or more than likely both.

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    Or maybe it’s just the fact that nothing can be done to avert the emerging security crises anyway . So the approach of the ruling elite is “live for today. A typical approach to the overall agenda.
    Hopefully “individuals wake up to what is really going on and prepare themselves spiritually most of all , so as not to be taken by surprise when the meltdown occurs.
    Brazil possibly is the new Switzerland at best for the elite globally. Arabs KNOW what time it is. So those elite among them with the resources are already creating their supposed “safe havens.”. And Brazil is obviously one of those havens.

  • Forrest Allen Brown

    so lulas
    next move will be to have hounduras thron out of the world cup
    and remove Ghana from play also as they beat brazil
    as he does not like what they did to his commie friend .

    and he will use his new seat to demand something to be done to hounduras .

    his next move will be to not let them in the o games in brazil

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