Statement by Mr. Fazlı Çorman, Deputy Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations, at the Open Ended Working Group Meeting on Security Council Reform

Fazlı Çorman 10.09.2008
Mr. President,

At the outset, I would like to thank you for re-convening the OEWG and your draft report. Taking this opportunity, I would also like to commend your overall efforts and your leadership to bring the Security Council reform process forward during the 62nd Session of the General Assembly.

As the General Assembly draws to a close, we need to reflect on where we stand and to decide on how we should proceed.

In this respect, I wish to make a few brief remarks .

First the issue of intergovernmental negotiations. I believe no group or country is opposing the idea of holding negotiations for the Security Council reform. Yet the question is whether we have prepared the ground for such negotiations or not.

As you have rightly pointed out in your report Mr. President, these negotiations when started, should be conducted in good faith, with mutual respect and in an open, inclusive and transparent manner. I fully support this understanding and together with your seven principles, I believe they should be our code of conduct for our future work.

Yet, such a code of conduct itself is not adequate for a successful outcome. We should have enough clarity about the venue, procedures, framework and modalities of any negotiations. If we enter into negotiations without clarifying these points, I am afraid, we could find ourselves in a situation of a new stalemate and could hardly bridge the gap among different positions.

The OEWG, should continue to be the main fora within which we should discuss and prepare the ground for eventual intergovernmental negotiations.

Secondly, I would like to underline the importance of the principle of general agreement for our future work. We have always firmly supported the view that the reform should be achieved without unduly dividing the membership. If we are left divided over a result which do not enjoy the general agreement of the membership, this division would create a situation that might be detrimental to the credibility and legitimacy of the Council and would not serve our larger purpose.

Our common objective should remain the same. That is to seek an outcome which will garner the general agreement among the membership. I believe that only a consensual outcome will make the Security Council more democratic, accountable, responsive and representative.

The amendment proposals made by the distinguished representative of Pakistan address these two points that I have just mentioned. In my opinion, these amendments clarify the ambiguities in your draft and put our future work in a right perspective. I fully support them.

I thank you Mr. President.