Germany seeks UN Security Council seat again

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German foriegn minister Steinmeier

DW – June 27, 2016

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has announced the country’s candidacy to be a non-permanent member once again, from 2019 to 2020. Berlin has long argued for reform of the UN body and a permanent seat for itself.

In a foreign policy speech in Hamburg on Monday, Steinmeier announced that Germany would campaign for a non-permanent seat in 2019 and 2020. The country last held a Security Council seat from 2011 to 2012.

Diplomats will seek support for Germany’s candidacy before an election is held in mid 2018. Germany’s application would require approval from at least two thirds of the 193 states in the UN General Assembly to be successful.

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