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July 1, 2005
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The Organization of the Islamic Conference called for a permanent Muslim seat on the U.N. Security Council. The group’s secretary-general, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, called for the seat at a three-day conference in Yemen, saying, “the Islamic world, which represents one-fifth of total mankind, cannot remain excluded from the activities of the Security Council, which assumes a fundamental role in keeping security and peace in the world,” Agence France Presse reported. Ishanoglu said the group would discuss how its 57 Islamic member states could be represented on the Security Council.

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