Lithuania has been elected to the United National Security Council for the first time in its history. The Baltic State, which currently holds the European Union Presidency, was elected as a non-permanent member on the Council beginning Jan. 1.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said: “As a member of the UN Security Council, Lithuania will take part in the decision-making on key global security problems. After Lithuania’s EU Presidency, it is a new and honorable challenge as well as a commitment to the entire international community.”
When it completes the EU Presidency on Dec. 31, Lithuania is going to take over the UN Security Council Presidency on Jan. 1. There are currently 15 members on the Council.
Lithuania won a majority of votes from United Nation members to secure the position.