Bulgaria Takes Up UN Security Council Presidency

Politics | December 1, 2003, Monday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

Bulgaria assumed the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council for a month starting from December 1. Bulgaria is a nonpermanent member of the council and within its mandate this will be its second time in presidency over the Security Council.

Bulgaria's Permanent Representative to the UN Security Council, Ambassador Stefan Tafrov said that in his opinion during Bulgaria's presidency the problems of the situation in Iraq will be the main issues.

The UN Security Council is made up of 15 member states, five of them, UK, China, France, Russia, and US, are permanent members, and 10 are nonpermanent members elected by the General Assembly to serve for two-year terms.

Elections of nonpermanent members are staggered, with five brought onto the council each year. Since 1963, the geographic distribution of the 10 nonpermanent members has been mandated as: 5 from African and Asian states; 1 from Eastern European states, 2 from Latin American and Caribbean states, and 2 from Western European and other states.

The presidency of the Security Council rotates among council member states according to the alphabetical order of their names. Each council president holds office for one month.
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