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article imageSaudi Arabia urged to keep seat at UN Security Council

By Paul Iddon     Oct 20, 2013 in Politics
Saudi Arabia has declared that it will not be taking the seat it was given at the United Nations Security Council a mere day after the body elected it to sit on the council for two years.
The Independent reports that Saudi Arabia was one of five countries selected to temporarily sit on the council. Saudi Arabia's UN Ambassador, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, claimed that his kingdom took this selection “very seriously” and accordingly viewed it as “a reflection of a longstanding policy in support of moderation and in support of resolving disputes in peaceful means.”
It has been speculated that he wasn't briefed from Riyadh who has decided to essentially boycott the council for a variety of reasons. Such as its inability to bring a resolution to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the war raging in Syria. As well as the UN's inability to establish a WMD-free zone in that region.
Reuters reports that the Arab Group at the UN has urged the Saudi Kingdom to reconsider this bold move. The group issued a statement whereby it said,
“We hope that they [the Saudis], which are amongst the blessed who represent the Arab and Islamic world at this important and historical stage, specifically for the Middle East region . . . maintain their membership in the Security Council.”
It urged the Saudis in accordance with that stated view of their position in the region and the world to “continue their brave role in defending our issues specifically at the rostrum of the Security Council.”
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