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January 02, 2004

Five New Countries Join UN Security Council; Syria and Bulgaria Replaced

Five new countries join UN Security Council (1/1/04 - The Hindu)

United Nations, Jan. 1. (PTI): Algeria, Benin, Brazil, the Philippines and Romania today joined the 15-member UN Security Council for a two-year term.

They replace Bulgaria, Cameroon, Guinea, Mexico and Syria who retired yesterday after completing their two-year stint.

The Council has five permanent and 10 non-permanent members, five of whom retire each year. The 191-member General Assembly elects new members on regional basis.

Angola, Chile, Germany, Pakistan and Spain continue to be on the Council as non-permanent members. Their term is due to expire on December 31 this year.

The composition of the Council now is --

Permanent Members: United States, Britain, Russia, France, China

Members Retiring Dec. 31, 2004: Angola, Chile, Germany, Pakistan, Spain

New members, retiring Dec. 31, 2005: Algeria, Benin, Brazil, the Philippine and Romania

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