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Ukraine to be elected UN Security Council member in autumn

In autumn, Ukraine is likely to be elected a member of the UN Security Council. It was announced by Yuriy Sergeyev, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN Security Council.

Ukraine to be elected UN Security Council member in autumn

According to Sergeyev, the principle of election of non-permanent members of the UN Security Council is based on a regional approach. "There are five regional groups in the UN. Members of the UN Security Council are elected from these very groups on the principle of rotation. Now from the Central and the Eastern European group, Ukraine belongs to, the UN Security Council is represented by Lithuania. This year we are running in the elections. At the moment, we don't have competitors in the group," said Sergeyev, Joinfo.ua reports referring to Hlavkom.

The Permanent Representative stressed that in order to be elected, it is needed to get the support of 2/3 of the votes (128 votes), depending on the amount of people present in the session hall of the UN General Assembly. At the same time, Ukraine wants to enlist the support of more than 2/3 of the votes.

"Large support gives more weight, more legitimacy. In spite of the fact that we are running in the elections without competition in the group, we will continue to work intensively with each delegation, each sub-regional group, with each regional group to understand their problems. Because being in the Security Council we will have to think not only about ourselves but also about lots of global issues. That is why we need to understand the problem of each country and region," said Sergeyev.

He assured that Russia would not interfere with Ukraine. "This country has no arguments not to allow us to be in the UN Security Council. That is why they are not said publicly. Russia, of course, may hold some backstage work, convince someone not to support us. But I do not think they will succeed, their support is 11 countries, as we saw in last year's adoption of the resolution (resolution in support of Ukraine, adopted by the UN General Assembly on March 27, 2014 was not supported by 11 countries: Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, North Korea, Nicaragua, Russia, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe)," said Sergeyev.

However, according to him, it would not be serious to say that Ukraine would receive 100% support. "In addition to our traditional partners, who supported us last year, we have sympathy among developing countries," concluded Sergeyev.

It should be recalled that earlier, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, said that the United Nations would open an office in Ukraine in support of the Minsk agreements on resolving the situation in the east of Ukraine.