Statement by H.E. Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan, Permanent Representative of the Mission of the Republic of Turkey to the UN, at the Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform

Ertuğrul Apakan 28.11.2011
Mr. Chairman,
I would like to begin by thanking you for convening this meeting. As well known by all, it has been almost nine months since the previous session of the Intergovernmental Negotiations. We want this meeting to be a step forward after the stall on the reform of the Security Council process. Using this opportunity, we congratulate you for your re-appointment as the Chair of these Negotiations. We reiterate our support for you in your efforts.

Moreover, we thank the President of the General Assembly for identifying the UN reform as one of the priority areas of the 66th session of the General Assembly.

Mr. Chairman,

With firm belief in the need for moving forward in the reform process, I would like to underline two issues. Lessons learned at the previous session of the General Assembly have shown us that unilateral steps enlarge the gaps and deepen the standstill. What we need for progress is open, inclusive and transparent negotiations.

Firstly, I would like to emphasize one more time the importance of flexibility of all in order to make the Council more democratic and equitable in terms of representation. We expect other groups and Member States to re-address their positions.

Secondly, built upon the flexibility shown by us together with a group of friends, I would like to remind our belief in significance of the intermediate approach in breaking the current deadlock. We are still in support of a compromise solution that envisions not only an increase in the number of non-permanent seats, but also longer-term and/or renewable seats. This solution could provide a way out of the existing deadlock in the process of Council reform. As well known, this proposal which was put forward by Italy and Colombia is a major step. So now it is time for the others to reciprocate and revise their original positions in a similar way. What we need in this manner is political will for true flexibility.

I would also like to reiterate our conviction that the five key issues identified in Decision 62/557 of the General Assembly should be addressed in a holistic manner in order to reach a comprehensive solution.

Mr. Chairman,

Last but not least, I would like to re-emphasize our strong position for addressing the historic injustice made towards Africa. We support that the representation of this continent in the Council be considerably improved. It is a necessity for us if we are all defending the principle of equitable geographic representation. It is fortunate for us that the compromise proposal I mentioned in my speech is in many ways compatible with the legitimate demands of the African friends.

I thank you Mr. Chairman.