German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (CL) and the delegation from Germany arrive for a General Assembly meeting to elect the five non-permanent members of the Security Council June 8 at the United Nations in New York. / AFP / Don EMMERT
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The United Nations General Assembly Friday was choosing five new non-permanent members of the Security Council, with Belgium, Germany and South Africa among those on the list.There are 15 members on the U.N. Security Council, including the five permanent ones -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States -- and 10 non-permanent members, half of which are elected each year.Belgium and Germany are set to obtain the two seats for the Western Europe and Others Group after Israel dropped out of the competition.The diplomat noted that the Africa group has a "very sophisticated" process in order to always have three seats at the Council, including one Arab country.
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