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Italy, Netherlands Split UN Security Council Seat After Deadlock

  • Italy to assume seat in 2017, then the Netherlands in 2018
  • Stalemate followed campaign of gelato and environmental boasts

After five rounds of voting and hours of deadlock in a tight race for a coveted seat on the United Nations Security Council, Italy and the Netherlands agreed to share it. Or, more precisely, to split the two-year term.

With votes in the General Assembly tied at 95 each, the two countries agreed Tuesday that Italy will take the Security Council seat for 2017 and the Netherlands for 2018, according to Bert Koenders, the Dutch foreign minister.

Candidates for non-permanent seats on the Security Council have been known to hand out gifts and burnish their national resumes to secure votes. Over the past few weeks, Italy offered diplomats free gelato, while the Netherlands promoted its environmental record and its fight against climate change.

The compromise...