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UPDATED: 13:51, September 06, 2006
Indonesia makes all efforts to take seat in UNSC
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Indonesia is making all efforts in an attempt to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), according to local media Wednesday.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda said his office sent special envoys and letters to almost all members of the UN since early this year as part of the effort to win a seat in the council.

"We have lobbied most UN members during the first half of the year ... and have secured commitments of support from many countries," the Minister was quoted by The Jakarta Post newspaper as saying

Indonesia was confident of election to the UNSC to be further enhancing its position in international politics, he said.

The UNSC election will take place during a UN meeting on Oct. 16 this year.

Hassan said Indonesia's chances of taking a seat in the council next month increased following South Korea's recent withdrawal from the race. The only other contender for the seat, which is reserved for an Asian nation, is Nepal.

The Foreign Ministry's director-general for multilateral affairs, Moh. Slamet Hidayat, said that Indonesia secured support, both verbally and written, from over 100 UN members.

"Over 100 countries have given us letters of support or told us of their approval of Indonesia's place in the UNSC," he said.

Source: Xinhua

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