SLOVAKIA was elected a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council along with Ghana, Qatar, Congo and Peru.
In the secret ballot vote in New York on October 10, Slovakia received 185 out of 191 votes, Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Juraj Tomaga told the news wire TASR. Six countries abstained from voting.
Slovakia's term starts January 1, 2006 and lasts through December 31, 2007. Slovakia was the only candidate reserved for the East European regional group.
Foreign Affairs Minister Eduard Kukan considers Slovakia's victory a success for Slovak diplomacy.
"I regard it as a show of appreciation of Slovakia's activities in UN peacekeeping and humanitarian missions as well as Slovakia's political development," Kukan said.
The minister promised that Slovakia would be an active and constructive member of the UN Security Council. "Slovakia will base its activities on democratic values and foreign policy priorities that our country follows as a member of the European Union and NATO," Kukan added.
The United Nations Security Council is regarded as the most influential international body. It makes decisions on war, imposes sanctions and takes measures to sustain peace in the world.
The UN Security Council has five permanent members - Britain, China, France, Russia and the US - and five non-permanent members.
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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11. Oct 2005 at 13:41