UN July 20. /TASS/. Developing countries of Asia and Africa must first enter an expanded UN Security Council. This was stated on Wednesday by Deputy permanent representative to the UN Vladimir Safronkov at the meeting of the General Assembly on the reform of the security Council.
“We believe that the right of first refusal for a place in the security Council must have the developing countries of Africa and Asia. Sure these States have sufficient capacity to make a significant contribution to international peace and security. Importantly, this will ensure that future decisions of the Council a balanced and consistent character,” he said.
Safronov called the issue of reform of the security Council one of the most important in the agenda of the world organization, as it is “the authority which, in accordance with the UN Charter bears the main responsibility for maintaining international peace and security.” However, he noted that there are “significant differences” in the positions of States that have manifested in the last session of the intergovernmental negotiations.
According to the Deputy permanent representative of the Russian Federation, due to “enormous political significance of the issue of the reform of the security Council” member countries of the UN must find a solution which “would command much greater support of member States than the formally required two-thirds votes.” “Optimal consensus. This work should be conducted in a peaceful, transparent and inclusive manner, without setting artificial time frames,” said he, calling not to impose initiatives that “do not have universal support.”
Intergovernmental negotiations on the reform of the security Council have been underway for several years, but countries have not yet managed to agree on key issues, including the optimal composition of the UN security Council, the number of its permanent and temporary members, as well as the order of use of the veto. Among the most likely candidates for the ranks of permanent members included Brazil, Germany, India, South Africa and Japan.
The General Assembly on Wednesday decided to immediately continue intergovernmental negotiations on the reform of the security Council, as well as the inclusion of this item in the agenda of the 72nd session of the GA, which will begin in September. At the meeting were made by the representatives of the regional groups and several countries. So, the permanent representative of China Liu Jieyi noted that the reform of the security Council in the interest of all States, and this process will not be completed overnight. He expressed the hope that in the next session of the General Assembly, the negotiators will continue to work constructively and seek consensus.