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UN elects five judges to World Court in Hague


UNITED NATIONS, Nov 8 (Reuters): The United Nations Monday elected five judges-from the United States, Morocco, Mexico, New Zealand and Russia-to the prestigious World Court.
Judges of the court, based in The Hague, Netherlands, are elected by concurrent balloting in the 15-nation Security Council and the 191- member General Assembly. Candidates must secure an absolute majority in each.
The court has 15 judges and five were up for election for a nine- year term. The only jurist seeking re-election was American Thomas Buergenthal. The other four elected were:
Mohamed Bennouna, Morocco's UN ambassador, a former judges of the UN war crimes court on the ex Yugoslavia, a professor of international law and former law faculty dean; Kenneth Keith, a New Zealand Supreme Court judge and author on international law issues; Bernardo Sepulveda Amor of Mexico, an ad hoc judge on the ICJ, a frequent international arbitrator and a former ambassador to the United States; Leonid Skotnikov, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva and a former director of the legal department of Russia's Foreign Ministry.