Neither Turkey nor Spain got enough votes in the first ballot of Thursday's election by the U.N. General Assembly's member states for five new members of the U.N.'s most powerful body.
Special attention has been on Turkey as it is under growing pressure to do more about the war in Syria pushing up against its border.
Venezuela's socialist government was unopposed for the single seat allocated to Latin America and the Caribbean. Angola was the only candidate for an African seat, and Malaysia had no opposition for an Asian seat.
The winners will join the council on Jan. 1 and serve through 2016.