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Slovakia wants to join UN Security Council

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Eduard Kukan is confident that Slovakia's candidacy for a temporary membership in the UN Security Council will be successful.

Slovakia wants to seek support for its candidacy at the 59th UN General Assembly in September. The vote will take place in October 2005, the news wire SITA reported.

Slovakia has been applying for membership for the 2006 to 2007 period since 1999.

The UN Security Council is the main UN body responsible for keeping peace and security in the world. UN member states are obliged to accept and carry out its recommendations.

After Latvia withdrew its candidacy in June 2001, Slovakia was left the only candidate for the post from the regional group of eastern Europe.

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