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Hungary competing for non-permanent UN Security Council membership

Nauru, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu – just a few Pacific nations with which Hungary will soon establish diplomatic relations as part of its campaign to win support for its quest to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2012-13, Népszabadság daily said on Wednesday.

According to rumors that have not been confirmed by diplomatic sources, Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs János Martonyi is scheduled to visit New York in mid-July to lobby for the Hungarian candidacy.

Hungarian foreign policy-makers decided to contact all the 191 other member states to win the October vote, in which all countries will have a single vote.

The seat reserved for the group of 23 central and eastern European nations will become vacant in 2012. There are three candidates for it – Hungary, Slovenia and Azerbaijan.

Hungary seeks to win the support of the developing countries, the most numerous group in the United Nations, with development aid and scholarships.

Between 1960 to 1996 it received more than 20,000 scholarship-holders from the Third World countries.

Hungarian diplomats visiting the Caribbean and Pacific regions are offering “target-oriented cooperation”, involving healthcare, epidemic control and water purification programmes, the paper said.

Hungary was a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council twice before, first in 1968-69 and then in 1992-93.