Greece upbeat on UN Security Council seat

The Foreign Ministry yesterday expressed strong optimism that Greece will be elected on October 15 to a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for the next two years. Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis chaired a meeting of senior diplomats to discuss Greece’s priorities ahead of what a ministry announcement called «Greece’s anticipated election, barring unforeseen developments.» The Security Council has five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members elected for two years. The terms of five non-permanent members expire in December, and Greece is one of the candidates to replace them. The ministry announcement said yesterday’s meeting agreed that Greece would focus on the Balkans, the Middle East and Cyprus during its Security Council tenure. Greece has only once held a Security Council seat, in 1952-53.