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Seychelles withdraws bid for U.N. Security Council seat

Victoria, Seychelles | January 13, 2016, Wednesday @ 16:20 in National » DIPLOMACY | By: Rassin Vannier and Betymie Bonnelame | Views: 3258
Seychelles withdraws bid for U.N. Security Council seat

The U.N. Security Council is comprised of five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members that rotate on two-year terms by region. ( wikipedia)

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(Seychelles News Agency) - Seychelles is no longer seeking a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, the country’s foreign ministry confirmed Wednesday.

“The official announcement of Seychelles’ withdrawing in favour of Ethiopia will be done at the next African Union summit for heads of state,” Seychelles Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs Maurice Loustau-Lalanne told SNA.

According to a Djibouti news site 'La Nation', Seychelles withdrew its bid in favour of Ethiopia, now the only candidate from East Africa. 

The U.N. Security Council is comprised of five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members that rotate on two-year terms by region. For 2017-18 East Africa will designate a candidate to sit on the council.

The Seychelles islands in the western Indian Ocean was the first country in the region to submit its bid for the post in 2012, followed by Kenya and Ethiopia.

“For solidarity reasons we have decided to support Ethiopia,” said Loustau-Lalanne, adding that Seychelles had a good chance to qualify.

Ethiopia served as a non-permanent member on the U.N. Security Council in 1967-68 and 1989-90.

When President James Michel announced in 2012 that Seychelles would vie for a non-permanent seat, he said Seychelles has shown it is ready for the responsibility through its role in fighting Somali piracy and its mediation efforts to help resolve a Madagascar political crisis.

"We have values that we can share with and impart to the rest of the world. These values are solidly anchored in our abiding faith in the inherent goodness of humanity," Michel said then.

No country as small as Seychelles, with a population of 90,000 people, has ever sat on the Security Council.

Malta, in southern Europe, appears to be the least populous country to ever sit on the Security Council, in 1983-84. Malta has 410,000 people. Cape Verde, an archipelago off West Africa with 523,000 people, was on the Security Council in 1992-93. Djibouti, a Horn of Africa nation of 775,000 people, was there in 1993-94.

The United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China and France make up the five permanent members of the council.

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