59th Plenary Meeting of General Assembly: 50th Session - Part 2

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14-Nov-1995 01:06:07
Assembly continues considering question of equitable representation, increase in membership of Security Council at the 59th plenary meeting of the 50th session.

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Divergent views were expressed on the value of moving towards action to reform the Security Council versus the need for further consultation on the matter as the General Assembly continued its discussion of the question of equitable representation on and increase in the Council's membership.

The representative of New Zealand said the working group on the matter was now at a stalemate and there were only three options available. The first was to gracefully shut down the debate for 10 to 20 years and get on with reforms which really would make a difference in the way the United Nations functioned. The second was to pursue a simple expansion of the non-permanent membership. The third was to pursue a more complex political solution based on extension of non-permanent seats only, in a manner that would provide a small group of major countries with the possibility of being elected to the Council more often.

The representatives of China, Iran and Mozambique each said that, in view of the persistence of divergent views about how to reform the Council and the importance of achieving consensus, a patient approach was best.

While urging the commencement of negotiations towards real action, the representative of Belgium said the Member States should not delude themselves: any dilution of the Council would likely generate parallel systems over which the General Assembly would not have any control.

The representative of Brazil said the working group had carried out substantive work which need not be repeated. "The moment has thus come for building bridges and working towards an agreement."

Statements were also made by the representatives of Ecuador, Zimbabwe, Iraq, South Africa, Indonesia, Bulgaria, Ireland, Ghana, Cuba, Cameroon, Venezuela and Sudan. France, United Kingdom, United States and Libya spoke in exercise of their right of reply.

The General Assembly will meet again at 10 a.m. tomorrow, 15 November, to continue discussion of this item, as well as to take up the questions of cooperation between the United Nations and the Latin American economic system and of cooperation between the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

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