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Thailand hopes to join UN Security Council
Publication Date : 17-08-2013
Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said on Friday that Thailand would apply for a non-permanent membership with the United Nations Security Council.
A reception was hosted at the Foreign Affairs Ministry to officially launch a campaign promoting Thailand's candidature for the 2017-2018 membership.
The Kingdom pledges to build a bridge between members and non-members of the council, Surapong said in a statement.
"As a medium-sized developing country, Thailand strongly supports a rule-based multilateral system, with full respect for sovereign equality among nations. In a world of such great political, economic and cultural diversity, Thailand firmly believes that constructive dialogue, based on mutual respect is essential to achieving common goals and universal values such as comprehensive security, sustainable development and human rights," the statement said.
"Thailand believes the partnership between the UN Security Council and regional organisations will become ever more important in addressing the multifaceted challenges facing international peace and security. As a founding member and the birthplace of the Asean in 1967, Thailand has actively worked with all partners in the region to promote trust, confidence and cooperation in order to advance regional peace, stability and economic prosperity in Southeast Asia and the wider Asia-Pacific. Through the Asean Community, to be established in 2015, Thailand will work to enhance regional cooperation for peace and stability and strengthen preventive diplomacy," the statement read.