NEW YORK: Pakistan will assume its seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Sunday as a non-permanent member for a two-year term.
Earlier in October 2011, Pakistan was elected to the 15-nation Council in by a narrow margin contest when 129 out of 193 members of the UN General Assembly voted for it.
Kyrgyzstan, which had challenged Pakistan, was far behind with 55 votes.
Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN, Abdullah Hussain Haroon, who spearheaded the campaign, had said that Pakistan would play a constructive role in resolving key global issues that the Council is dealing with or may face.
He added that Pakistan was committed to multilateralism and promoting the principles and purposes enshrined in the UN Charter.
"We hope to play our usual role of taking on matters which affect the underdog, so as to speak."
The Security Council, a primary instrument for establishing and maintaining international peace, has five permanent members -Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - and ten non-permanent members elected by the General Assembly for two-year terms, from five different regions of the world. Pakistan will replace Lebanon, which completes its two-year term on the Asian seat at midnight on Saturday.
Pakistan has previously served on the Council in 1952-53, 1968-69, 1976-77, 1983-84, 1993-94 and 2003-04, making this Pakistan's seventh time on the UNSC, and the fourth time its term will overlap with India, as it did in 1968, 1977 and 1984.
Along with Pakistan, the General Assembly in October also elected Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco and Togo to serve as non-permanent members. The newly elected countries will replace Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Gabon, and Nigeria.
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