10 May, 2006
Greece and Portugal have not been elected to the new Human Rights Council, despite the fact that Greece, during Tuesday evening's vote at the UN General Assembly, exceeded the limit of 96 votes, which constitutes a prerequisite for election on the basis of the relevant decision of the UN General Assembly.
Greece's Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis, replying to a question by ANA-MPA, stressed that countries which have been elected to the new council give significant economic contributions, noting that all the probable reasons of the result of the vote will be examined. He also hailed the creation of the new 47-member Human Rights Council, reiterating Greece's steadfast support of human rights worldwide.
Source: Athens News Agency