Statement by H.E. Ertugrul Apakan, Permanent Representative of Turkey, on the Report of the Security Council

Ertuğrul Apakan 11.10.2010
Mr. President,

I would like to begin by thanking you for convening this joint meeting which provides yet another opportunity to reflect on the activities of the Security Council as well as on the Council’s ongoing reform process.

I also wish to express our appreciation to the UK Presidency of the Security Council for the month of November 2010, for presenting the annual report of the Council to the General Assembly. Let me also thank the Permanent Mission of Nigeria for its valuable efforts in preparing the report and coordinating it with the Member States.

The report provides an accurate account of the work of the Security Council and demonstrates the multiplicity of the issues that are on its agenda. It also points to a heavy workload of the Council whereby the African issues, particularly within the context of peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts, remain at the forefront. Finally, the report points, albeit indirectly, to many of the important challenges that lie ahead for the Council, and indeed for our Organization as a whole.

While the report, as suggested by many other delegations, could have been more analytical and less descriptive, we are also well aware of the complexities that would have rendered such an analytical approach rather difficult to implement. Having said that, there is still much room for further improvement of the working methods of the Security Council in order to enhance its transparency, accountability and inclusiveness. We will continue to support all the efforts to this end.

Mr. President,

Member States have had ample opportunity recently to express their positions on the Security Council reform process. However, as it is customary, I would also like to briefly touch upon Turkey’s position on the Council reform.

My country has taken an active part in the intergovernmental negotiations that commenced in February 2009. Although the past five rounds of negotiations have been useful in examining the negotiables and exploring the basic linkages among them, we believe that the membership remains seriously divided on issues such as categories of membership, regional representation and the question of veto. As a member of the Council which has served on the Council after almost half a century, Turkey has benefited immensely from this unique experience and responsibility. We believe that this experience should not be limited to a small group, but has to be available to all the aspiring member states, large or small, developed or least developed.

In particular, those Member States that have the means and capabilities to provide peace and stability in their region and beyond should be allowed to take a more active part in the work of the Council. We are therefore supportive of the extended representation of such Member States on the Council. We also support correction of the historic injustice made towards Africa by substantialy improving the representation of this continent on the Council.

We, however, do not support the expansion of the Council in the permanent category. Additional permanent seats, in our view, would not bid well with the idea of a democratic, accountable and transparent Council. If the reformed Security Council is to be the Council of not only today but also of the future, it is imperative that we all concentrate our best efforts on proposals that will provide the Council with the necessary flexibility as regards its composition. Such a Council will be better equipped to effectively address the multitude of challenges facing our globe.

Thank you, Mr. President.