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Taiwan congratulates St. Vincent on winning U.N. Security Council seat

2019/06/10 14:15:38

Taipei, June 10 (CNA) Taiwan has congratulated its Caribbean ally St. Vincent and the Grenadines on securing a seat last Friday on the United Nations Security Council, the U.N.'s highest decision-making body.

In a tweet Saturday, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) tagged St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, saying Taiwan was proud of the country's accomplishment.

"Congratulations @ComradeRalph & the government & people of StVincentAndTheGrenadines," Wu wrote. "#Taiwan is tremendously proud of your accomplishment & has every confidence you will successfully promote international peace & security."

During elections last Friday, the U.N. General Assembly elected St. Vincent and the Grenadines to one of the 10 non-permanent seats on the 15-member Security Council.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a multi-island Caribbean country 389 square-kilometers in size with a population of 110,000, made history as the smallest nation ever to secure a U.N. Security Council seat, according to a U.N. press release.

The other countries elected Friday to non-permanent seats were Estonia, Niger, Tunisia and Vietnam. The five new non-permanent members will take up their seats for two-year terms on the Security Council in January 2020, replacing Cote d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru and Poland.

The permanent seats on the U.N. Security Council are held by the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and China.

To ensure fair representation, the non-permanent seats are distributed on a regional basis, with five going to the African, Asian and Pacific bloc; one to Eastern Europe; two to the Latin American and Caribbean region; and two to Western Europe and other states, according to the U.N.

While Niger, Tunisia and Vietnam were elected unopposed, two of the five non-permanent seats were contested, the U.N. said.

Estonia won against Romania in the East European group, while St. Vincent and the Grenadines took the contested Latin American and Caribbean seat in a 185-6 vote against El Salvador, the U.N. said.

Taiwan and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have had unbroken diplomatic relations since August 1981.

(By Joseph Yeh)
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