Romania has lost the seat of non-permanent member in the UN Security Council, by vote, to Estonia. The Baltic state is thus gaining this position for the first time.
The vote took place at the UN headquarters in New York on Friday, June 7, with all those 193 members attending. Estonia has been elected a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021 by 132 votes.
The non-permanent member seats are allotted based on the country’s affiliation to a certain region. Estonia is part of the Eastern Europe and has been Romania’s foe in the fight for this office. In the first round the score was 111 to 78, with minimum 129 votes being needed to win. In the second round, Romania has got only 58 votes, while Estonia received 132.
During his visit to the U.S. in September 2017, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, saying he counts on the support of the UN Member States for Romania’s becoming a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021.
Iohannis: Seat lost over statements on relocating embassy to Jerusalem
President Iohannis has prompted reacted on Friday night, deploring Romania’s failure and saying it is due to “the irresponsible statements” on the topic of relocating Romania’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis has found out with great sadness that Romania has not been elected as non-permanent member in the UN Security Council, following the vote of June 7”, says a Presidency’s press release.
“Despite the Romania diplomacy’s efforts-which succeeded in obtaining a considerable number of endorsement commitments from the member states-a series of undiplomatic, irresponsible and counter-productive statements, opposite to the state’s traditional foreign affairs policy, put forward without any mandate and outside the authority of some high ranking representatives of the Romanian authority-against which Romania’s President has taken a firm stand- have led to the alienation of the support already voiced by some partner countries and to the reluctance to Romania’s bid. The diplomatic efforts have been thus boycotted, and there has been the impression of a lack of predictability of Romania regarding some major, sensitive and complex foreign policy dossiers,” the press release further reads.
President Klaus Iohannis thanked the states that “have given their trust and vote to Romania,” while congratulating Estonia for its success “and for the professionalism of the team that led this effort”.
MAE: Romania has embarked on the campaign too late
As for the Romanian Foreign Ministry, it has also retorted to the failure, saying Romania “has embarked on this campaign too late,” namely since 2017.
“Regardless of the final result, the diplomatic actions taken during this campaign have enhanced Romania’s international profile and have prompted to more dynamic and, in some cases, to the relaunch of the bilateral ties with the UN member states from the far away, hard to reach regions, which were uncovered by the current Romanian diplomatic network“, reads a MAE press release, also adding that “Romania will remain deeply committed to supporting the United Nations, while the Romanian diplomacy will keep on getting involved in promoting the organization’s goals”.
On the other hand, a Liberal deputy, Ovidiu Raețchi, vice-president of the lower chamber’s defence committee has blamed FM Teodor Melescanu for this failure and asked for his resignation, arguing that, unlike PM Viorica Dancila and ex-PSD chair Liviu Dragnea, Melescanu understood that the policies run by the two would lead to a failure in foreign affairs.