Ukraine has laid down the authorities of non-standing member of the UN Security Council. The period of the responsibilities expired on December 31, 2001.
Ukraine was elected to the UN Security Council from a group of Eastern European states for the period of 2000-2001. Kiev had handed in the application for election in 1996, but votes necessary for the election were collected by 1999 only.
This year Bulgaria was elected a member of the Council as a representative of the Eastern European countries.
The USA, Great Britain, Russia, France and China are standing members of the UN Security Council.
Alexander Gorobets PRAVDA.Ru Kiev Ukraine
Translated by Maria Gousseva
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