Thailand hopes to join UN Security Council

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Voting on Iran sanctionsThai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said that Thailand will apply for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations’ Security Council (UNSC).

The UNSC is one of the six primary departments of the United Nations and is charged with the maintenance of international peace and security. It has the power to conduct peacekeeping operations, establish international sanctions, and to authorize military action. Any of these actions requires a resolution to be passed by the Security Council.

There are 15 members of the UNSC – 5 permanent and 10 non-permanent members. The permanent members – The United States, Russia, France, China, and the United Kingdom – each possess veto powers and can therefore prevent resolutions from passing. Lesser matters are put to a majority vote of the 15 members. The 10 non-permanent members each serve two-year terms.

Foreign Minister Tovichakchaikul explained why Thailand will seek a non-permanent seat in a statement released by his office. The statement reads:

“As a medium-sized developing country, Thailand strongly supports a rule-based multilateral system, with full respect for sovereign equality among nations. In a world of such great political, economic and cultural diversity, Thailand firmly believes that constructive dialogue, based on mutual respect is essential to achieving common goals and universal values such as comprehensive security, sustainable development and human rights.”

“Thailand believes the partnership between the UN Security Council and regional organisations will become ever more important in addressing the multifaceted challenges facing international peace and security. As a founding member and the birthplace of the ASEAN in 1967, Thailand has actively worked with all partners in the region to promote trust, confidence and cooperation in order to advance regional peace, stability and economic prosperity in Southeast Asia and the wider Asia-Pacific. Through the ASEAN Community, to be established in 2015, Thailand will work to enhance regional cooperation for peace and stability and strengthen preventive diplomacy.”

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Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said that Thailand will apply for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations’ Security Council (UNSC).

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Voting on Iran sanctionsThai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said that Thailand will apply for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations’ Security Council (UNSC).

The UNSC is one of the six primary departments of the United Nations and is charged with the maintenance of international peace and security. It has the power to conduct peacekeeping operations, establish international sanctions, and to authorize military action. Any of these actions requires a resolution to be passed by the Security Council.

There are 15 members of the UNSC – 5 permanent and 10 non-permanent members. The permanent members – The United States, Russia, France, China, and the United Kingdom – each possess veto powers and can therefore prevent resolutions from passing. Lesser matters are put to a majority vote of the 15 members. The 10 non-permanent members each serve two-year terms.

Foreign Minister Tovichakchaikul explained why Thailand will seek a non-permanent seat in a statement released by his office. The statement reads:

“As a medium-sized developing country, Thailand strongly supports a rule-based multilateral system, with full respect for sovereign equality among nations. In a world of such great political, economic and cultural diversity, Thailand firmly believes that constructive dialogue, based on mutual respect is essential to achieving common goals and universal values such as comprehensive security, sustainable development and human rights.”

“Thailand believes the partnership between the UN Security Council and regional organisations will become ever more important in addressing the multifaceted challenges facing international peace and security. As a founding member and the birthplace of the ASEAN in 1967, Thailand has actively worked with all partners in the region to promote trust, confidence and cooperation in order to advance regional peace, stability and economic prosperity in Southeast Asia and the wider Asia-Pacific. Through the ASEAN Community, to be established in 2015, Thailand will work to enhance regional cooperation for peace and stability and strengthen preventive diplomacy.”

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