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Seychelles bids for UN Security Council seat

2012-08-03 15:15

Nairobi - The Seychelles has just 90 000 people, but that's not holding the island nation back from seeking a seat on the UN Security Council.

Seychelles President James Michel announced on Friday that his country wants a non-permanent seat on the council for the 2017-18 term.

Michel said Seychelles has shown it is ready for a seat through its role in fighting Somali piracy and its recent mediation efforts to help resolve a Madagascar political crisis. Seychelles is a luxury island destination off East Africa.

Malta, the southern European island nation, appears to be the least populous country to ever sit on the Security Council, in 1983-84. Malta has 410 000 people, more than four times as many as Seychelles.