Ottawa, Nov 4 (Canadian-Media): Ottawa's voting pattern in the General Assembly and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's late entry in the race causes Canada to face tough challenge to win a seat next June on the UN Security Council, media reports said.
Canada Had put forward its candidacy in 2016, about a decade after Ireland and Norway announced they were running.
"It's not seen as very nice to cut the line in that way," said one senior European diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity. Some states already have made reciprocal agreements with the other two candidates, such as vote swapping, "and we cannot break those commitments," the diplomat said.
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There are five permanent veto-wielding members on the Security Council: the U.S., the U.K., France, Russia and China. The remaining 10 seats are distributed by region. Canada is vying for a two-year seat on the council beginning in 2021.
According to one Middle Eastern diplomat, Canada lost some support for its bid when it abstained on a key General Assembly resolution in December 2017 that demanded the U.S. rescind its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. "It will affect the decision of many Arab countries."
An overwhelming 128 of the 172 nations present on the day of the vote approved the non-binding resolution declaring Washington's move "null and void." Norway and Ireland, Canada's rivals for the Security Council seat, voted in favour of the resolution.