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Slovakia hopes for Security Council seat

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Eduard Kukan is convinced that in October the UN General Assembly will choose Slovakia as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2006-7.

The votes of at least two-thirds of the 191 UN member states are needed for a country to be elected to the Security Council. Slovakia is the only candidate of the Eastern European group of countries, for which one place on the Council is reserved, the news wire TASR reported.

Once a member of the Security Council, Slovakia would focus on issues related to the future of Kosovo, as well as the development of the whole of the Balkans and Eastern Europe, Kukan said.

The Slovak president plans to attend the upcoming UN General Assembly.

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