Tuesday, 19 Nov 2019

Arab Group to demand full representation in expanded UNSC

New York, The Arab League's position on the UN Security Council (UNSC) reform is to demand permanent Arab representation with full terms of reference in the event of any future expansion of the council, Kuwait said.

This came in a speech delivered by the Permanent Representative of Kuwait to the United Nations Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi on behalf of the Arab Group in the United Nations General Assembly during Tuesday's discussion on the item of equitable representation and increase in the membership of the Security Council and related matters, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.

Al-Otaibi pointed out that fair representation also requires proportional Arab representation in the number of non-permanent seats in an enlarged Security Council.

"At a time when the United Nations is undergoing multiple reform processes to strengthen its role and enable it to face the growing challenges of the international community, the issue of Security Council reform and equitable representation is one of the cornerstones of the overall reform process of the United Nations," he said.

"This makes us more resolute and determined to intensify efforts to achieve real and comprehensive reform of the Security Council, which is mandated to take care of international peace and security under the Charter of the Organization to become more capable and effective to meet these challenges and overcome them in a more representative, transparent, impartial and credible manner."

He explained that more than two decades after the discussions aimed at expanding membership of the Security Council and improving its work methods permeated by many initiatives and positions by a number of countries and groups of countries, including the Arab Group, "it is important to push the process of reform of the Security Council."

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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