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Maldives ‘disappointed’ after being thrashed in UN vote

Indonesia got more votes than the Maldives in the contested election for one Asia-Pacific seat by 144 to 46.

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The Maldives expressed its disappointment Friday after being thrashed by Indonesia in a UN Security Council seat vote.

Indonesia got more votes than the Maldives in the contested election for one Asia-Pacific seat by 144 to 46, Reuters reported.

The Maldives said it would continue “to champion its priorities at the UN” despite the loss.

“In its 72 years of the United Nations, only 8 Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have had the opportunity to serve on the Security Council,” the foreign ministry said.

“The Maldives is disappointed that small States are not getting the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the international peace and security.”

Indonesia has previously served three terms on the UN Security Council.

To secure election for a two-year term, a member state must receive at least two-thirds of all votes cast for that seat. Five new members are elected each year.

Fisheries minister Mohamed Shainee said the Maldives had put up a “brave fight”, a response to former president Mohamed Nasheed’s assessment of the UN vote.

Photo: UN Photo/Manuel Elias

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