Mexico has been elected to the United Nations Security Council.
SV President of General Assembly, Salim Ahmed Salim, makes statement (3 shots)
GV & SV Delegates voting
SV Delegates voting
SV President announces results in English
GV Mexican delegate, Francisco Cancino speaks and receives standing ovation
SALIM AHMED SALIM: "I'm happy to report that this morning I have been officially informed by the chairman of the Latin American group that the group has this morning formally endorsed the candidacy of Mexico, subsequent to the petition of the Government of Colombia and Cuba. There is therefore now only one candidate to fill the one remaining non-permanent seat on the Security Council...and that is Mexico. The Assembly will, consequently, now proceed to the election of the remaining one non-permanent member of the Security council from the Latin American group for a period ending 31st December, 1981."
SALIM AHMED SALIM: "The result of the vote is as follows: number of ballot papers 144; number of invalid ballots zero; number of valid ballots 154; abstentions, eight; number of members voting 136; required majority 91; Mexico 133; Cuba three. Having obtained the required two thirds majority, Mexico is elected a member of the Security Council for a period ending 31st December, 1981."
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Background: Mexico has been elected to the United Nations Security Council. The election follows the withdrawal of Cuba and Colombia from a contest which left them deadlocked in 154 previous ballots. The breakthrough--the result of intensive private negotiations -- enabled the assembly to conclude its 34th regular session, although nearly three weeks late. Assembly President, Salim Ahmed Salim, told the 152-nation body that the Cuban Government would withdraw from the contest and Colombia followed suit.
SYNOPSIS: Mexico was elected in the 155th ballot by 133 votes. Cuba -- although no longer a candidate -- received three votes.
Thus the Council returned to a full complement of fifteen members, having been one short since the first of January when Bolivia's two year term was completed.
Mexico's Permanent Representative, Dr. Francisco Cancino, welcomed the outcome of the vote. There had been fears that the legal bearing of the Council would be challenged when it took up the Afghanistan situation which is said to have prevented Cuba's election. But, apart from that, the Soviet and East German delegates agreed that the Council should function legally.