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  Tishrei 27, 5770 , 15/10/09

Lebanon to UN Security Council

The United Nations General Assembly voted Thursday for Lebanon, Bosnia, Brazil, Gabon, and Nigeria to serve on the Security Council for two years, starting January 1st. They replace Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Croatia, Libya and Vietnam as non-veto-holding members of the 15-nation body with the authority to impose sanctions and send peacekeeping forces.

A Western diplomat who had spoken to Lebanese officials said, on condition of anonymity, that he expected Lebanon to be a more moderate Arab voice on the council than outgoing Libya, which has clashed with the United States over the Israeli-Arav conflict. He also anticipated it would abstain if the council was voting on further sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.

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