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India on the Verge of Getting a Non-Permanent UNSC Seat

India on the verge of getting a non-permanent UNSC seat

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With its sole competitor from Asia, Kazakhstan, backing out of the crucial race, India inched closer to getting a non-permanent seat on the 15-member UNSC.

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“We have done very well.  The kind of support that India commands is very substantial,” a senior diplomat said, with New Delhi enjoying extensive backing among UN member-states 10 months ahead of voting in the General Assembly.

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Even before Kazakhstan dropped out, diplomats here estimate that 122 votes were in the bag but now that it is the sole runner from Asia, more votes are expected.

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However, it is said that the kind of support that India commands is very substantial whereas to win, India needs two-thirds of the General Assembly vote.

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That adds up to about 128 member states supporting it while the voting for the term starting in 2011 will take place in October 2010.

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Meanwhile, Kazakhstan is a member of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), an association of 56-Islamic states.

Being a member there, it was viewed by Indian as a serious competitor since it stood a good chance of getting the votes of a hefty number of Arab and Muslim nations in the General Assembly.

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On the other hand, there is no guarantee that all nations that promise to vote, will end up voting while a late entry in the coming months can also split the votes.

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The Security Council is made up of 15 statesfive permanent members who have the veto power and 15 non-permanent seats elected for a two-year term.

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The last time India had a seat at the Council was in 1992.

In 1996, Japan won with India trailing behind with approximately 40 votes.

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