Statement by H.E. Ertuğrul Apakan, Permanent Representative of Turkey, on the Question of Equitable Representation on and Increase in the Membership of the Security Council

Ertuğrul Apakan 09.11.2011
Mr. President,

Let me at the outset thank you for convening this meeting and for your leadership. I would also like to express our appreciation for your decision to identify United Nations reform and revitalization as one of the priority areas of the 66th session of the General Assembly.
In this regard, we congratulate Ambassador Tanin for his re-appointment as the Chair of the Intergovernmental Negotiations. We support his efforts.

Mr. President,

It has been more than eight months since the seventh round of negotiations that was held. We expected steps forward to overcome the longstanding deadlock. However, we could not see any improvements to that end.
We have also witnessed some initiatives from different groups of Member States to gain support for their positions. Nevertheless, today it is more than obvious that all those initiatives failed to gather the required support and the deadlock is unfortunately even deeper.

This is why I would like to emphasize one more time the importance of flexibility from all in order to break the deadlock and to ensure a more democratic and equitable representation in the Council. I would like to underline the need for consensus and the importance of reaching a compromise in order to achieve some progress in the Security Council reform process.

Mr. President,

If we all wish to see a more accountable, transparent and effective Council for addressing the challenges of the future, we should be all prepared for re-considering our positions and taking steps forward. We believe that the experience of being represented at the Council should not be limited to a small group, but has to be available to all Member States. To that end, together with some friends, we declared our readiness to support the intermediary approach. We expect the same intention and political will from all Member States.
I would like to finally reiterate our belief in that five key issues identified in Decision 62/557 of the General Assembly (namely, categories of membership; the question of the veto; regional representation; size and working methods of the Council; and the relationship between the Council and the General Assembly) should be all addressed together in order to reach a comprehensive solution.
We are hoping that required flexibility is shown by all Member States and the Security Council reform process gains the needed momentum back.
Thank you Mr. President.