Statement by H.E. Mr. Y.Halit Çevik, Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations, at the UNGA about the working methods of the Security Council

Y.Halit Çevik 29.10.2013
Mr. President,
I would like to thank you for organizing this open debate on a subject that is of particular importance for the entire membership of the United Nations and for preparing and circulating the concept paper on the implementation of Note 507, issued under the symbol S/2013/613.
This debate has been very timely in terms of re-addressing the issues on the working methods of the Security Council as we are fast approaching again a time of change in the membership of the Council. Taking this opportunity, I would like to congratulate the new members of the Council that will take up their duties soon.

I would also like to express our appreciation to Ambassador Maria Cristina Perceval, Permanent Representative of Argentina, for her work and efforts in her capacity as the Chair of the Informal Working Group on Documentation and Other Procedural Questions.

Mr. President,
Turkey attaches great significance to the efforts to improve the Council’s working methods, which is an important component of the comprehensive reform of the Council. We have long advocated that the Council is in need of a change in terms of its structure and representation, as well as its working methods.

The world is constantly changing and a number of developments unfold before our eyes with each passing day. That is why it is our sincere wish that the Council adapts itself to the current realities of the global political, security and economic scene. As it is our common responsibility to maintain the credibility of this body, we should spare no effort to enhance its efficiency and transparency, and work sincerely to ensure that its work is inclusive and effective.

In that sense, Turkey welcomes the steps taken in recent years, particularly through the milestone Presidential Note S/2010/507, and the subsequent complementary Notes, most recent of which is the Note S/2013/515, dated 28 August 2013.

On the other hand, Mr. President, there is still much to be done in terms of the implementation of the measures set out in those Notes.

First and foremost, Turkey believes that the Council’s dialogue with the non-Council members which constitutes the remaining 178 UN Member States should be further improved. The entire membership expects more effective and frequent use of public meetings, informal interactive dialogues and Arria-formula meetings. That will enable a better communication and interaction and provide more opportunity to the wider membership to have more focused involvement in the issues of common concern. In regards to enhancing the transparency of the Council, we welcome the recently increased use of wrap-up sessions and encourage all members of the Council to hold such meetings at the end of their Presidencies. At the same time, we are cognizant of the need for the Council’s own deliberations for decision-making.

Second, we need a better structured dialogue and communication between the Council and other UN bodies and regional organizations. Regular and more substantive exchange of views among the Council, the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council as well as the Peacebuilding Commission would not only enhance the efficiency of the UN system, but also augment the transparency, openness and inclusiveness of the Council itself. We also think that the Council should expand its consultation and cooperation with other international and relevant regional organizations, such as the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the League of Arab States.
Third, we are of the view that the Council should make better use of measures under Chapter VI of the UN Charter. Without any prejudice to its right to mandating measures under Chapter VII, the Council, as the primary responsible organ of the UN in the maintenance of international peace and security, should give some thought to utilizing different ways of pacific settlement of disputes. In that sense, we welcome the horizon-scanning briefings provided by the Secretariat. We believe that those briefings are important in terms of conflict prevention and wish to see those meetings in all upcoming programmes of work of the Council.

Finally, I would like to touch upon an aspect related to the Council’s internal practice, which is again of particular importance. While taking note of the Presidential Note S/2012/937, Turkey believes that the Council should act in due transparency and inclusivity in the appointment of the Chairpersons of the subsidiary organs and the selection of the “penholders”.

Mr. President,
While fully acknowledging the positive developments related to the working methods of the Security Council, we remain of the view that there is always room for further improvement.
In the end, all esteemed members of the UN deserve a more democratic, more transparent and more efficient Security Council, which we believe, is also a requirement for maintaining the credibility of our Organization, the United Nations.
Thank you Mr. President.