UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – Five nations were elected to a two-year term on the UN Security Council beginning in January # Algeria, Benin, Brazil, the Philippines and Romania.
The five, who will replace Bulgaria, Cameroon, Guinea, Mexico and Syria, make up one-third of the 15-member council and one-half of the 10 non-permanent members. They were elected by the UN General Assembly. The main power in the council will remain in the hands of the five permanent veto-wielding members # Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.
One major shift will be in the council’s lone Arab voice from Syria to Algeria. The five other non-permanent members, whose two-year terms expire at the end of 2004, are Angola, Pakistan, Chile, Germany and Spain. Council decisions are legally binding on the UN’s 191 member nations.