|Under the United Nations Charter, the Members of the United Nations
have conferred on the Security Council the
primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.
On 1 January 1999, Malaysia became a member of the United Nations Security Council. It served for a two-year term until the end of December 2000.
The Security Council is composed of fifteen members (five permanent members and ten non-permanent members elected by the General-Assembly for a two-year term). The members in the year 2000 were: Argentina, Bangladesh, Canada, China, France, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mali, Namibia, Netherlands, Russian Federation, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kindgom of Great-Britain and Northern Ireland, and United States of America.
The presidency of the Security Council rotates monthly among Council Members according to the English alphabetical listing of the Member States' names. Malaysia exercised its presidency in August 2000, having served as president for the month of July 1999.
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