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S. Korea re-elected as member of U.N. economic-social council

South Korea was re-elected as a member of the United Nations' Economic and Social Council, which oversees the majority of the international organization's financial resources, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

In a vote at a U.N. general meeting that took place a day earlier, Seoul won the membership to the council for the 2014-15 period, along with three other Asian Pacific countries: China, Bangladesh and Kazakhstan, the ministry said.

In the same vote, 14 other countries from different regions, including Africa and Eastern Europe, gained memberships to the council.

It was the country's seventh successive entry onto the 51-member council that is elected every three years. South Korea became a member in 1992.

Dealing with economic, social, development and human rights issues, the council, simply called ECOSOC, controls about 70 percent of the U.N. finances and oversees the activities of 28 sub-organs of the U.N. (Yonhap News)

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