More than 50% of countries supported the candidacy of Greece for non-permanent members of the Security Council for 2025-2026. The member states of the organization submitted confirmations in writing.
This was announced last Wednesday by Nikos Dendias, head of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The press service of the department quotes him as saying:
“97 written commitments secured [стран-членов ООН] in favor of the Greek candidacy. That is, more than 50% of the UN member states support our election, which will take place in September 2024. This is a tangible result of the policy pursued by the government [премьер-министра Кириакоса] Mitsotakis”.
Mr. Dendias noted that, in addition to Greece, only Denmark is currently applying for a seat in the Security Council from Europe:
“However, the possibility of another nomination cannot be ruled out. We will launch an open campaign for our candidacy in order to collect not just a small majority, but to achieve the highest possible consensus for the Greek presence on the UN Security Council. Our campaign will include the creation of the symbolism that we will present, as well as the appointment of a special envoy for our candidacy, who will have as his main goal and task the promotion of our message in all UN Member States.A similar special envoy has already been appointed by Denmark.
We are organizing a special event in New York during General Assembly Ministerial Week in September 2022 on this topic. I will continue my visits to countries that have not yet committed to supporting our candidacy, as well as to countries with international influence that can help us get closer to other third countries. Also, all our representative offices abroad will start a campaign to inform about our positions.”
Nikos Dendias spoke in more detail about the steps taken in this direction and the goals:
“The main message of our candidacy is 80 years of the UN Charter: its fundamental principles are more relevant than ever. Our goal is to promote these principles, which are the core values of Greece’s foreign policy. Respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states. Full respect for the principles of international law, including including international maritime law Prohibition of the use of force or even the threat of use of force Peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law, and, if necessary, by recourse to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, because the International Court of Justice is one of the key organs of the UN In addition, Among the goals of Greek foreign policy is the promotion of international cooperation to address contemporary international issues such as climate change, refugee migration and terrorism.”