Ban for speeding up UNSC reforms

Last Updated: Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 16:29

Moscow: UN secretary general on Thursday asked for speedy reforms of the Security Council, saying there was a consensus in the General Assembly on the need to `adjust` this `primary` body to the present day realties.
"The Security Council is the primary body for maintaining global security and it should be adjusted to reflect the present day realities in the World," Ban Ki-moon said in an interview to state-run Rossiya 24 TV.

In response to a question on the enlargement of the UNSC, he said, "The issue has been debated in the UN General Assembly and there is a consensus on reforming the key body so that it reflects the present day reality and becomes an effective mechanism for maintaining security and stability. What we need is to speed up decision on how it has to be done."

Ban is in Moscow on a three-day visit to attend the West Asia `Quartet` meeting here tomorrow, comprising of European Union, Russia, US and the United Nations.

Ban is scheduled to meet Russian President Dmitry Medvedev later today to seek Moscow`s greater involvement in UN peacekeeping efforts. Both the leaders are also likely to discuss the present situation in Afghanistan.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 16:29

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