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October 20, 2011

China wishes Pakistan to be elected as non-permanent member of UNSC

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October 20, 2011

BEIJING: China and Pakistan are all weather strategic partners to each and China wishes Pakistan to be elected as non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
China attaches great importance to Pakistan’s wish to be elected said foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu here Wednesday while responding to a question on China’s support to Pakistan for the election for the coveted slot.
She further said that we wish Pakistan to play a greater role in upholding international peace and security. Welcoming China’s announcement, Ambassador Masood Khan said that we are grateful to China for its public support and endorsement of Pakistan’s candidacy for the non-permanent seat of the UN Security Council.
“This is a rare and precious gesture. We value and cherish it. This shows the depth of our relationship and mutual trust between the two countries”, Ambassador Khan remarked. “We thank China for its good wishes towards Pakistan.
Upon election, as strategic partner, in collaboration with China, we look forward to working towards regional and international peace and security”, Khan noted. The UN General Assembly is set to meet on Friday to elect five non-permanent members of the Security Council, as candidates for a seat on the world’s body’s power centre stepped up their campaign. Those elected will serve from January 1, 2012, through the end of 2013.
The new elected members will replace Lebanon, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Gabon and Nigeria, whose terms end on December 31. Pakistan, a six-term candidate for the Asian seat on the 15-member Council, faces a challenge from Kyrgyzstan, a Central Asian country, which is contesting the election for the first time.
The Asian seat is being vacated by Lebanon. Pakistan’s earlier terms on the Council were in 2003-04, 1993-94, 1983-84, 1976- 77, 1968-69 and 1952-53. The General Assembly, which is composed of 193 members, holds elections for non-permanent members by secret

ballot.

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