Pakistan hopes to join India on UN council

October 19, 2011 21:42

UNITED NATIONS - Pakistan hopes to win a seat on the UN Security Council as a temporary member alongside arch-rival India when the United Nations holds annual elections to the 15-nation body on Friday.

Elections for two-year terms -- this time running from Jan. 1, 2012, to Dec. 31, 2013 -- on the Security Council are held on the basis of regional ballots. Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan are vying for a single seat available to the Asia-Pacific group.

India joined the council this year and will stay through 2012. India and Pakistan have fought three wars, mainly over Kashmir, since gaining independence from Britain in 1947.

The last time the two nuclear-armed states served together on the council was in 1977. UN diplomats said they do not expect any regional tension if Pakistan joins.

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