Italy wins UN Security Council seat to be split with the Netherlands

Italy was elected to serve on the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member Thursday with the understanding that it will hand the seat to the Netherlands for the second half of the two-year term.

Italy received 179 votes from the 193-member UN General Assembly after the two European countries, which were vying for one open council seat, had tied in earlier voting on Tuesday.

Thursday's vote came after nations from the regional group that Italy and the Netherlands belong to agreed to a proposal that the two split the Security Council seat, each serving one year.

"The Netherlands ... have agreed - very gallantly - to withdraw from the ballot, and Italy will do the same in the next year," said Sebastiano Cardi, Italy's ambassador to the UN.

"We have worked for this objective in the spirit cooperation between two European Union members in a moment in which the cohesion of the union is of great importance."

The 15-member Security Council is made up of five permanent members - Britain, China, France, the US and Russia - and ten non-permanent seats, which are allocated by regions for two-year terms.

Last update: Fri, 01/07/2016 - 00:01

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