Statement by Mr. Hüseyin Müftüoğlu, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Mission of the Republic of Turkey to the UN, at the Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform

Hüseyin Müftüoğlu 26.01.2012
Mr. Chairman,

I would like to thank you for convening this meeting as the first session of a four months long marathon of the Intergovernmental Negotiations. Taking this opportunity, I extend our appreciation for your guidance and tireless efforts in facilitating the discussions among the Member States.

We wholeheartedly want that the sessions ahead of us until April pave the way for fruitful consultations on the reform of the Security Council process. We give utmost importance to dialogue among different groups.

Mr. Chairman,

Having listened to our colleagues carefully when they introduced their proposals and pointed out the ways to further operationalize their initiative, I would like to briefly touch upon two issues to share our views.

First, Mr. Chairman, I would like to remind that Decision 62/557 which was adopted by consensus in September 2008 sets five key issues as the basis for the Intergovernmental Negotiations. We believe that upholding this decision by Member States is of utmost importance for the advancement of the negotiations. We remain convinced that the five key issues identified in that decision should be addressed in a holistic manner in order to reach a comprehensive solution.

Secondly, as you will recall, we have been stressing on the significance of flexibility and compromise for making the Council more democratic and equitable in terms of representation. With this particular aim in mind, I would like to reiterate our belief in the need for refraining from unilateral steps and initiatives, which clearly carry us nowhere but a failure.

I thank you, Mr. Chairman.