France has reiterated its support for India, Germany, Brazil and Japan as permanent members in an enlarged UN Security Council, underlining the need to take into account the emergence of new powers willing and able to assume the responsibility of a to assume a permanent presence in the mighty world. body.
“France’s position is consistent and well known. We want the Council to become more representative of today’s world in a way that further strengthens its authority and effectiveness,” France’s deputy permanent representative to the UN Nathalie Broadhurst said Friday.
She addressed the plenary session of the UN General Assembly on the “issue of equitable representation in and expansion of membership of the Security Council and other matters related to the Security Council.”
“We must indeed reckon with the emergence of new powers willing and able to assume the responsibility of a permanent presence on the Security Council,” said Broadhurst.
Broadhurst said that to maintain its executive and operational nature, an expanded Council could have up to 25 members.
“France supports the candidacy of Germany, Brazil, India and Japan as permanent members. We would also like to see a stronger presence of African countries, including among the permanent members. The remaining seats should be allocated to achieve equitable geographical representation , ” she said.
She added that the issue of the veto is “eminently sensitive” and that it is for the states requesting permanent seats to decide for themselves.
“In this reflection, the goal must remain twofold: on the one hand to consolidate the legitimacy of the Security Council, on the other hand to strengthen its capacity to fully assume its responsibilities for the maintenance of international peace and security,” she said. said.
“It is in this spirit that France already proposed in 2013 that the five permanent members of the Council voluntarily and collectively suspend the use of the veto in the event of mass atrocities. This voluntary approach does not require a revision of the Charter, but a political commitment of the permanent members,” she added.
The United Kingdom also expressed its support for India, Germany, Japan and Brazil to become permanent members of an expanded UN Security Council.
“Our position is well known. The United Kingdom has long called for the expansion of the Security Council in both the permanent and non-permanent categories,” British Ambassador Barbara Woodward said during the General Assembly debate on security reform on Thursday. Security Council.
“We support the creation of new permanent seats for India, Germany, Japan and Brazil, as well as a permanent representation of Africa on the Council. We also support an expansion of the non-permanent membership category, taking the total membership of the Security Council somewhere in the mid-1920s,” she said.
Woodward said that with these changes, the Council would be more representative of today’s world. “And, coupled with a renewed commitment to the UN Charter, it would be better able to respond decisively to threats to international peace and security,” she said.
Of the five permanent members of the Council of 15 countries, the US, UK, France and Russia have supported a permanent seat for India in the UN body.
India’s current two-year term as a non-permanent member of the Security Council expires next month after presiding over the 15-nation council.
New Delhi and other G4 countries Brazil, Germany and Japan are at the forefront of efforts to demand urgent reforms from the Security Council, which has remained deeply divided in dealing with the current challenges.
India has claimed that the Council, in its current form, does not reflect current geopolitical realities and that its credibility will be compromised if countries such as developing countries such as India do not have a permanent place at the horseshoe table.
The G4 reaffirms the need for a comprehensive reform of the Security Council, with increased seats in both permanent and non-permanent membership categories, equitable regional representation, more transparent and inclusive working methods and a strengthened relationship with other UN bodies, including the General Assembly .
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