UNITED NATIONS, June 2, 2017 - Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders (R, Front) gestures after the Netherlands was elected as a non-permanent member to the UN Security Council for one year starting from Jan. 1, 2018 at the UN headquarters in New York, on June 2, 2017. The UN General Assembly on Friday elected Cote d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Poland and Peru as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council to serve a two-year term starting Jan. 1, 2018. Earlier on Friday, the General Assembly also elected the Netherlands as a non-permanent member to the council for one year starting from Jan. 1, 2018 as a result of a tie between Italy and the Netherlands in last year's election.

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Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders (1st L) is congratulated after the Netherlands was elected as a non-permanent member to the UN Security Council for one year starting from Jan. 1, 2018 at the UN headquarters

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