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New Zealand to push UN Security Council bid with non-aligned states

2012-05-03 09:01:58 GMT2012-05-03 17:01:58(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

WELLINGTON, May 3 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully is to travel to Egypt this month to press the country's case for membership of the United Nations Security Council at a ministerial summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

Foreign ministers of the 120 member states of the NAM are meeting at the Red Sea resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh on May 9 and 10.

"It is a significant gathering to which I will convey New Zealand's strong credentials for the United Nations Security Council membership in 2015-16," said McCully in a statement Thursday.

The summit was also "an excellent opportunity to discuss important global and regional issues, such as the ongoing conflict in Syria."

On the way to the summit, McCully would visit Israel, Jordan and the occupied Palestinian territory, meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Jordan's Prince Hassan and Palestinian leaders President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

"New Zealand has long taken a balanced, even-handed stance on the Arab-Israel conflict, and been a consistent supporter of a diplomatically negotiated solution through the Middle East Peace Process," said McCully, who left here Friday.

"We want to continue to be a constructive partner in this regard."

Egypt is the current chair of the NAM, which is the largest gathering of states after the United Nations. New Zealand is not a member of the NAM.

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