MEP in­tro­duces Es­to­nia's UN am­bi­tions to Arab League coun­tries

The Baltic Times - - BALTIC NEWS - BNS/TBT Staff

Es­to­nian MEP and for­mer min­is­ter of for­eign af­fairs Ur­mas Paet met with am­bas­sadors to the United Na­tions of Arab League coun­tries in or­der to present to them Es­to­nia's can­di­dacy to be­come a non-per­ma­nent mem­ber of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil in 2020-2021.

"We spoke about dig­i­tal ca­pa­bil­i­ties, cy­ber de­fense and se­cu­rity, Es­to­nia's past and fu­ture, the Mid­dle East, peace­keep­ing and hu­man­i­tar­ian crises. The at­ti­tude of Arab League en­voys to­wards Es­to­nia's can­di­dacy was pos­i­tive but a lot of work must be done to en­sure the re­sult in 2019," Paet said on so­cial me­dia.

Spokes­peo­ple for the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs said that Paet is a mem­ber of the com­mit­tee set up by Es­to­nian Pres­i­dent Ker­sti Kalju­laid, the aim of which is to sup­port Es­to­nia's cam­paign to be­come a non-per­ma­nent mem­ber of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil in 2020-2021. Com­mit­tee mem­bers also in­clude Hannes As­tok, Hannes Hanso, An­dres Herkel, Ma­rina Kalju­rand, Eerik Ni­iles Kross, Marko Mihkel­son, Mar­i­anne Mikko, Lauri Malk­soo, Mart Nutt, An­dres Tarand and Lin­nar Viik.

Es­to­nia wishes to be­come a non-per­ma­nent mem­ber of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil in 2020-2021.

"Be­ing a mem­ber of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil would give ad­di­tional value for Es­to­nia's se­cu­rity and in the fu­ture would grant the op­por­tu­nity to play a greater role in in­ter­na­tional life," min­istry spokes­peo­ple said.

Es­to­nia put for­ward its can­di­dacy for the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil in 2015. Af­ter the of­fi­cial cam­paign launch, the most ac­tive phase be­gins that will cul­mi­nate with the elec­tion in June 2019 when all 193 UN mem­ber states cast their votes.

The non-per­ma­nent seats of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil are dis­trib­uted on a re­gional ba­sis for a two-year term. There are five re­gional groups: Western Euro­pean and other coun­tries, East­ern Euro­pean, Asia-pa­cific, Latin Amer­i­can and Caribbean, and African coun­tries. Es­to­nia be­longs to the East­ern Euro­pean group, which has one non­per­ma­nent seat in the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil. Romania is also vy­ing for the non-per­ma­nent seat at the same time as Es­to­nia. Es­to­nia has not been a mem­ber of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil be­fore, while Romania has been a mem­ber on four oc­ca­sions.

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