UN chief wants Security Council reform

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants Security Council reforms and is providing the "political climate" for member-states to negotiate the change.

United Nations: Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon wants Security Council reforms and is providing the "political climate" for member-states to negotiate the change.

"The Secretary-General recognises and believes very
strongly that there was a need to reform the Security Council
to reflect better the world we now live in," Ban`s spokeperson
Martin Nesirky told reporters.

Member states had to work out how to reform the
council. They (Member States) are obviously still some way
from reaching agreement, he added.

"The Secretary-General`s view is that reform is
necessary; it`s for the member states to decide on the scope
and the time frame for those changes," Nesirky said, a day
after President of the UN General Assembly Joseph Deiss
scolded the international community for the lack of progress
in reforming the Security Council despite two decades of
efforts.

Addressing a conference in Rome, Deisss had said that
"unless we find the determination to advance on this issue,
the United Nations would lose its credibility."

"Is there no way to overcome the divisions and to
forge a win-win compromise that would be acceptable for a
broad majority of Member States?" he asked.

The 15-member UN Security Council currently has five
permanent and 10 non-permanent seats.

India is currently serving a two-year term as a
non-permanent member, which will begin in June 2011.

The five permanent members are the US, the UK,
China, France and Russia.

India is an aspirant for a permanent seat on the
Council.

PTI

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