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UN approves deal for Italy, Netherlands to share Council seat

Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders (L) speaks with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni after the fourth round of voting during the election of five non-permanent members of the Security Council at the United Nations in New York on June 28 2016The UN General Assembly on Thursday elected Italy to the Security Council under a deal that will see the Netherlands take over the seat in a year. Under the deal, Italy will take up the seat on January 1 and then make way for the Netherlands to take over in 2018. The arrangement is rare but not unprecedented at the United Nations.

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