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Uruguay with one foot in the Security Council in 2016; has full support from the region

Wednesday, February 4th 2015 - 09:00 UTC
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“We are the only candidate from the region for the Security Council seat and we have the necessary votes to support it”, said Almagro “We are the only candidate from the region for the Security Council seat and we have the necessary votes to support it”, said Almagro

Uruguay is the 'only' candidate from Latin America and the Caribbean and has the necessary votes to be elected next October non permanent member of the United Nations Security Council beginning 2016, announced foreign minister Luis Almagro. This will be the second time a Uruguay seat at the Security Council, the first was in 1965/66.

 “We have the support for the Uruguayan candidacy. This means all countries from Latin America and the Caribbean will chose Uruguay for the seat that belongs to this region in the Security Council”, added the minister. “We are the only candidate from the region and with the necessary votes to support it during the coming UN General Assembly next October”.

“The support from the region was unanimous; seating at the Security Council is most important: it means involvement in issues as international security, peace operations, Middle East”, said Uruguay's ambassador before the UN, Gonzalo Koncke.

The UN Security Council has 15 members of which five are permanent: China, France, Russia, US and UK, while the remaining are distributed among regions, with two going to Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently the region is represented by Chile and Venezuela, with Chile's time up at the end of the year when Uruguay is expected to come in.

If Almagro is correct, then the vote for Uruguay next September at the General Assembly should be swift since other regions and permanent members tend to respect the decisions from other regions, particularly if they have a consensus.

Uruguay last occupied a bench at the Security Council in 1965/66. However at the time Uruguay was the only country to openly condemn the invasion of the Dominican Republic by US marines, and Brazilian and Argentine troops. Washington feared that the new government in Santo Domingo would follow on the path of Cuba and Fidel Castro.

The ambassador Carlos María Velázquez, a distinguished scholar and jurist attacked in the Security Council US policy calling it the “Johnson doctrine” in reference to then president Lyndon Johnson who was also in the midst of the exhausting and unwinnable Vietnam war.

However half a century later Uruguay not only remains committed to peace, to the peaceful solution of conflicts and human rights, but is also a reliable ally and the country that during the last decade has more troops, in relation to its population, engaged in UN peace missions.

Uruguay could also strike another foreign policy success next 18 February when outgoing foreign minister Almagro presents his proposal to lead the Organization of American States, OAS. Almagro is currently the only candidate and has the support of twenty countries to replace Chile's Jose Miguel Insulza, who ends his two five year periods, next May.

Categories: Politics, International, Uruguay.

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  • falklandlad

    Uruguay could follow through and persuade the Latam and Caribbean cluster that not only does “Uruguay remain committed to peace, and to the peaceful solution of conflicts and human rights” but it also endorses the principal of self-deterimination for all peoples - a foundation stone of the UN. Now that would be a shaker.

    Feb 04th, 2015 - 09:34 am 0
  • Mr Ed

    Being on the Security Council won't protect them from Argentine aggression. So they might as well grow up and admit that the Argentine anti-Falkland campaign is nothing more than an aspect of Hispanophone chauvinism and hatred of the more successful Anglosphere.

    Feb 04th, 2015 - 09:38 am 0
  • ChrisR

    This character, who I will not mention his name, is nothing but an Argentine Rent Boy; beloved of Gollum, and never seemingly makes a decision regarding Uruguay without discussing it with him or in his absence the other snake in our country, Dovena, the ‘Ambassador’ for TDC.

    At least the Rent Boy will not be involved with the SC as he will be isolated in another of the dead beat organisations that SA keep coming up with, all to no effect at all.

    What a pathetic bunch of politicians infest the countries of SA. Piss-up and brewery jumps to mind.

    Feb 04th, 2015 - 09:57 am 0
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