Germany returns to UN Security Council

Germany on Wednesday returned to the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member following a six-year Absence.

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New York (dpa) - Germany on Wednesday returned to the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member following a six-year absence.

The first day of official business for the new non-permanent members included a discussion of the council's agenda for January and a flag-raising ceremony in New York.

Germany will spend two years on the council alongside non-permanent members Indonesia, South Africa, Belgium and the Dominican Republic.

Dominican Republic Ambassador Jose Singer - whose country holds the rotating presidency for January - told reporters that the council would discuss conflicts in Somalia, Congo, Syria, Mali, Libya, Cyprus and the Central African Republic this month.

Germany was most recently a council member from 2011 to 2012. The five permanent members are the United States, Russia, Britain, France and China.