Kazakhstan was elected a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. On January 1, 2017, Kazakhstan will hold this position for two years. Voting in the walls of the headquarters of the Organization was held in two rounds. According to its results Kazakhstan by a wide margin surpassed its only competitor in the Asia-Pacific Group - Thailand. Kazakhstan's candidacy was supported by the representatives of 138 UN member states. The results were presented in New York at 106 plenary. Also, the General Assembly of the United Nations elected three countries: Bolivia, Sweden and Ethiopia as non-permanent members of the Security Council. The victory of Kazakhstan was commented by the President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Nursultan NAZARBAYEV, PRESIDENT OF KAZAKHSTAN:
Dear compatriots! Kazakhstan’s election to non-permanent members of the UN is a historic achievement. This success is not only of our country but of the entire sub-region of Central Asia, which had never been presented in the organization that is responsible for peace and security. Kazakhstan was elected a member of the UN Security Council for the next 2 years. It will be a difficult period in international relations. This is evident in today's days. In addition to long-standing conflicts the world faces an unprecedented scale of new security threats. We intend to focus on our global community initiatives. They aim to build a world free of nuclear weapons and the virus of war and conflicts. The election to the UN Security Council is a deserved success of the people of Kazakhstan. This is an indicator of maturity of the nation. We are grateful to all the countries that voted for the candidacy of Kazakhstan, as a responsible state capable of promoting the common values of peace and cooperation. This will be another historic step on the way to becoming one of the most developed countries of the world and on the way to building a secure and prosperous future.
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