Australia is hard to win seat on UN Security Council: FM

18:57, September 15, 2010      

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Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd on Wednesday said Australia's bid for a temporary seat on the United Nations (UN) Security Council is in trouble, and he has blamed the opposition.

The federal government is trying to secure support from enough countries to win the vote for the seat in 2013/14, but the opposition has rejected the campaign.

Rudd criticized former foreign minister Alexander Downer for not seeking a seat for Australia. "Because Downer wimped out, we entered this race late. It is therefore going to be very hard for us to win it," Rudd told a news conference in parliament house at Canberra on Wednesday.

Rudd said opposition criticism of the bid was "a lot of rubbish ". Officials had told him that "one of the reasons we are having some problems with our numbers" in winning the seat was because rival countries who wanted to win the seat were drawing upon the opposition's criticisms.

It was a "nonsense" for the opposition to seek to undermine Australia's campaign for the seat, Rudd said.

Rudd staunchly defended the bid, saying Australia was a large economy and a middle power, and the decisions of the Security Council strongly affected Australia's interests.

Source: Xinhua


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