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Saudi Arabia gives up its status of non-permanent UNSC member

October 18, 2013, 12:51 UTC+3
The kingdom was made non-permanent UNSC member less than 24 hours prior
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CAIRO, October 18. (Itar-Tass) – Saudi Arabia gives up its status of non-permanent member of the United Nations. The kingdom’s Foreign Ministry has announced on Friday that this protest is motivated by the “inability of the United Nations to offer real participation in resolving military conflicts.”

In September, Riyadh have refused to exercise the right of Saudi Arabia's envoy to the UN to make an address.

The kingdom was voted in as a non-permanent UNSC member less than 24 hours prior. Saudi Arabia have never been a member of the UNSC before.

Riyadh’s candidacy was highly debated due to its stance on Syira. The country openly supports insurgents fighting against Bashar Al-Assad with money and weapons.

UN Security Council

Security Council Nations is a principle organ of the United Nations; it’s charged with maintaining global peace and international security. It consists of five permanent (China, France, Russia, UK and USA) and ten non-permanent members. The body is headed by the chair which is rotated among members on a monthly basis. Currently the UNSC is presided by Agshin Mehdiyev of Azerbaijan.

According to the Chapter VII of the United Nations, decisions made by the Security Council are mandatory for all member states. Failure to adhere to these decisions leads to sanctions and, potentially, use of military force. In order to adopt a resolution a simple majority vote is required; permanent members also have a right to veto a resolution, overriding the vote.

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