Statement by H.E. 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 02.05.2012
Mr. Chairman,

I would like to join my colleagues in commending you for your leadership and for convening this meeting as the final session of a five-meeting series marathon.

Mr. Chairman,
I would like to begin by thanking the distinguished Permanent Representative of Switzerland for his presentation this morning. We have always seen the S-5 as an outspoken advocate of the broad membership for betterment of the working methods of the Security Council. They have displayed determination to make the Council more representative in pursuit of the objectives set in the Charter. In this sense, we support their initiatives.

We have also carefully and positively studied the draft resolution recently submitted by the S-5. We are of the view that the Council should be more transparent and more pluralistic. Therefore, we cannot agree more on most of the items in the draft resolution. We are sympathizing the substance of the draft proposal in many senses and thus supporting it in terms of its content.

On the other hand Mr. Chairman, having listened to different perspectives from various groups and Member States, including the Permanent members of the Council, I would like to briefly touch upon two issues.

First, we are in firm belief that, if put to vote, it is an unavoidable necessity that such a resolution concerning the broad membership has to garner the widest possible political support. This support, from our point of view, is 2/3 (two thirds) majority as underlined by many delegations today. In our opinion, this is legally and politically needed.

Secondly, furthering this initiative in a more persuasive and engaging manner would be of the benefit of all. Improvement of the working methods is a common goal and all alternatives should be considered and consumed to make it happen. In that sense, increased dialogue with different groups, particularly with the P-5 in the coming days and weeks would serve the aims of not only the S-5, but also those of us.

Thank you Mr. Chairman.