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Arab group sticks to principled stance on UNSC reforms
March 8, 2017, 8:53 am
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Kuwait Permanent Representative to the UN Mansour Al-Otaib.

On behalf of the Arab group of states, Kuwait reaffirmed on Tuesday the need of reaching the largest possible consensus among the UN member states on the future reforms of the UN Security Council.

The stance of the Arab group is clear on the restructuring of the UNSC membership, said Kuwait Permanent Representative to the UN Mansour Al-Otaib in an address to a high-level intergovernmental meeting on the question of equitable representation on, and increase in, the membership of the Security Council and other matters related to the Council.

The Arab group requests a UNSC permanent seat with full powers and a proper representation in the non-permanent membership of the Council, he said.

The group believes that the future expansion of the UNSC membership should take stock of the geographical and demographic aspects of the regional blocs, he said, noting that the 22 Arab countries have 350 million people and represent 12 percent of the total membership of the UN.

On the misuse of Veto powers by the some of the five UNSC permanent members in the recent years, Ambassador Al-Otaibi said such practices undermined the credibility of the Council and rendered the Council unable to deliver its mandate for maintaining the world's peace and security.

He reaffirmed the commitment of the Arab group to contributing to the efforts meant to build trust among the UN member states and reach a mutually-acceptable formula on the planned reforms of the Council pursuant to the provisions of the UNGA Resolution 62/557.

The resolution, adopted on September 15, 2008, during the 63rd UNGA session, commenced the ongoing intergovernmental negotiations.

Source: KUNA

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