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Indonesia declares candidacy for UN Security Council

Indonesia's Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Indonesia's Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)  (The Associated Press)

Indonesia has announced its candidacy for membership on the U.N. Security Council, saying its commitment and contributions to the world's body make it a true partner for world peace.

In his speech Friday before the U.N. General Assembly, the country's Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla said the United Nations needs reforms to make it stronger and more relevant to 21st century challenges and realities. He said it needed to be transparent, effective, accountable, efficient and representative and as the center of world governance.

Kalla cited Indonesia's steady commitment to increase its peacekeeping force personnel by 2019 and its efforts to fight terrorism both regional and globally.

Selections of the new non-permanent Security Council members will be made in mid-2019. Other Asia-Pacific candidates are India and Vietnam.