The election of five new non-permanent members to the United
Nations Security Council sent starkly different messages to two
neighboring Muslim nations in the Middle East.
Turkey, which last held a UNSC seat in 1961 and lobbied hard in the
months leading up to the election, secured 151 votes from the
192-member U.N. General Assembly, easily defeating its competition.
Iran, meanwhile, saw its hopes of holding a seat for the first time
since 1956 crushed, garnering just 32 votes in its bid for the Asian
seat against Japan, the U.N.’s second largest donor.
The results come as no surprise. While Turkey has been actively engaged
in settling regional disputes, Iran has fought U.N. sanctions over its
disputed nuclear program. Its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has
antagonized Israel, and is known for his repeated controversial remarks
about zionism, America and the Security Council’s overall effectiveness.
Turkish leaders hailed the victory as a reflection of their increasing
role in world affairs and vowed to use the seat to address issues in
the Caucasus, Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan. (FULL ARTICLE)
And what has the Armenian diplomacy done? Can’t even form a public perception about Karabakh.
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