Collective political will needed to reform Security Council: General Assembly President

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John Ashe, President of the 68th session of the General Assembly

A collective political will is needed to advance negotiations regarding the Security Council   reform, which has been going on for twenty years.

That's what the President of the General Assembly John Ashe told reporters during his end-of the year press conference on Wednesday.

Mr. Ashe said that this year, intergovernmental negotiations on the issue were re-launched after being "in a bit of a hiatus for a variety of reasons."

"It is true that all concerned, including those who are permanent members do agree on the necessity for reform of the Security Council and there are no shortages of ideas on how it should be reformed. I think it's safe to say that what is perhaps lacking is a collective political will to reform the Security Council and that has proven to be a huge obstacle to any movement in this direction." (29")

The 15-member body currently consists of five permanent members with veto power – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States.

Ten non-permanent members, with no veto, are elected for two-year terms.

Some countries have argued that this structure does not represent the realities of today's world.

Jocelyn Sambira, United Nations

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