57th Plenary Meeting of General Assembly: 50th Session - Part 1

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13-Nov-1995 01:34:01
Assembly hears 17 more speakers on question of equitable representation, increase in membership of Security Council at the 57th plenary meeting of the 50th session.

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Negotiations should now proceed to a concrete reform package, which should include a limited increase in the permanent membership of the Security Council, the representative of Japan told the Assembly, as it continued its consideration of reform of the Security Council. The open-ended working group of the Assembly on the equitable representation on and increase in membership of the Security Council should also pursue greater efficiency, he said.

The representative of Austria said any future enlargement of the Security Council should preserve as much as possible the present balanced configuration of permanent and non-permanent seats. General criteria for the choice of new permanent members must be the political and economic realities, the global influence of potential candidates, and their capacity and willingness to contribute to the maintenance of international peace and security.

The representative of Kenya supported expansion of the Security Council to 25 members to correct existing imbalances. Membership should be based on the principle of equitable geographic representation, and regions that were underrepresented, or not represented in the permanent seat category, should be favoured in the allocation of new seats.

The veto power for permanent Council members negated the principle of the sovereign equality of countries and was an anachronism, the representative of Malaysia said. The Council must move away from such arrangements of entrenched power and should also apportion seats to regions instead of to specific countries.

Statements were also made this afternoon by the representatives of Argentina, Singapore, Mexico, Canada, Spain, United Kingdom, Malta, Belize, Algeria, France, Turkey, Australia and Denmark.

The Assembly will meet at 10 a.m. tomorrow, 14 November, to continue its consideration of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council and related matters.

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