Uganda Officially Takes UN Security Council Seat on January 1

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At midnight tonight Uganda will officially join the United Nations powerful Security Council as a non-permanent member. Uganda, whose membership on the Security Council is on a rotational basis, joins Japan, Mexico, Austria and Turkey as non-permanent members for a two-year term. They replace South Africa, Indonesia, Belgium, Italy and Panama that retire today. The 15-member Council comprises five permanent and ten non-permanent members, five of whom retire each year. Their replacements are chosen by the General Assembly. In Africa a seat on the Security Council is made on a rotational basis. The newly elected members will join Libya, Viet Nam, Burkina Faso, Costa Rica and Croatia whose two-year term expires on Dec 31, 2009. Uganda's service on the Security Council will be led by former Internal Affair Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda. Rugunda, who over the past two years has been at the helm of peace talks between the Government of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army rebels, is seen as a good appointment as Ambassador to the UN because of his significant foreign affairs contacts.