Ukraine, Egypt Among Five Seeking Security Council Seats in 2016/17

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Sept. 16, 2015 – Heads of states seeking Security Council seats would normally devote considerable time during this month’s high-level segment of the General Assembly to lobbying for votes but the candidates vying for seats for 2016-17 in October’s elections are all running unopposed.

Among those seeking seats next month are Ukraine, which will replace Lithuania in the Eastern European group.

A report last week from the UN human rights office said more than 8,000 people have been killed since April 2014 due to the conflict with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

In July this year, Russia vetoed a draft Council resolution that would have established an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine.

Ukraine President Poroshenko and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will both be in New York at the end of the month to address the General Assembly.

Also running unopposed for a seat in 2016/17 is Egypt which will occupy one of the two seats being vacated by Chad and Nigeria – Senegal will take over the other. Egypt last served in 1996/97 while Senegal served a two-year term in 1988/89.

Uruguay will take over the Latin American seat currently held by Chile. This will be just its second time ever serving on the Council, having last served a two-year term in 1965/66. Uruguay is the top Latin America troop contributing country to UN peacekeeping operations with some 3,000 blue helmets deployed.

Japan will return to the Council for the eleventh time in 2016/17, having last served in 2009/10. Bangladesh announced earlier this month that it was withdrawing from the race for the Asian seat currently held by Jordan. Japan is the second biggest contributor to the UN budget.

Elections for 2017-18 will take place in June 2016, in order to give elected countries more time to prepare. Among those running are Netherlands, Italy and Sweden for two seats in the Western Europe and Others group currently held by New Zealand and Spain.

The current elected members of the Council, with end of term date, are as follows:

– Denis Fitzgerald @denisfitz

 

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Uruguay Not Co-Sponsoring UNSC Resolution on Syria ICC Referral

Security Council Meeting on the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The High Representative for BiH, Valentin Inzko
May 20, 2014 –  Uruguay’s mission to the UN on Tuesday said it will not co-sponsor the draft Security Council resolution referring the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court.

The country, a strong supporter of the ICC and the first Latin American country to implement the Rome Statute into law, was among the states listed in a letter circulated on Monday by the Swiss Mission to the UN calling for other countries to co-sponsor the draft text which is expected to be voted on later this week.

“While Uruguay strongly supports such a referral, it will be unable to co-sponsor the resolution and therefore prefers not to associate itself with the call for co-sponsorship,” its mission said in a statement.

No other details were provided and calls to its mission for more information have not yet been returned.

Uruguay was one of 18 countries worldwide that lost aid for refusing to sign a Bilateral Immunity Agreement with the United States because they said it would breach their obligations under international law.

The draft resolution referring Syria to the ICC includes a clause that exempts nationals from countries outside of Syria that are not party to the Rome Statute.

– Denis Fitzgerald
On Twitter @denisfitz