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Japan, Turkey, Austria, Mexico and Uganda will join the UN Security
Japan, Turkey, Austria, Mexico and Uganda will join the UN Security Council as non-permanent members on January 1, 2009, the head of the UN General Assembly announced on Friday.

Iran and Iceland, which also ran for seats on the council, were not elected.

Countries need the votes of two-thirds of the General Assembly's 192 members to be elected.

"The newly elected countries will replace Belgium, Indonesia, Italy, Panama and South Africa when their terms on the 15-member body expire at the end of this year," the assembly said on its website.

The United States, Britain, China, France and Russia make up the five permanent members of the Security Council.

The other five non-permanent members are Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Libya, Croatia and Vietnam. Their two-year terms expire at the end of 2009.


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