New Zealand bags first non-permanent UNSC seat, Turkey fails

London, Oct 17 (ANI): New Zealand clinched the first of the five non-permanent seats on the United Nations (UN) Security Council by amassing 145 votes. However, Turkey failed to get a place on the council.

The voting took place on Thursday and saw Venezuela, Angola, Malaysia and Spain joining the league alongside New Zealand, reported the BBC.

Lauding the credentials of his country, New Zealand Prime Minister John Kay said that it is a nation that is seen as an honest broker and someone that stands up for what is right.

Turkey however, failed to secure a place on the UN council despite intensive lobbying amid the 193 member nations, the report said. It was displaced by Spain in the third round of run-off voting for the second of the two Western seats.

The nation has been under immense international pressure to help take on the Islamic State (IS) militants waging war along its border. Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Turkey could not abandon its principles for the sake of getting more votes.

The new members of the Security Council will start their two-year appointment on 1 January 2015. (ANI)

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