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President calls for UN Security Council reform

25 September 2014, 08:00Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - President Goodluck Jonathan called for a reform of the United Nations Security Council in order to addressing the pressing political challenges the world was facing.

He made the call while addressing delegates during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly in the United States.

He said the alleged failure of unanimity of action by the Security Council over pressing challenges to global peace and security, in Syria, Iraq, the conflict in Ukraine and the renewed aggression between Israel and Palestine had strengthened the case for the reform of the Security Council.

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“Today's challenges can only be resolved by a Security Council whose working methods engender transparency, inclusivity, and common ownership through equitable representation of all regions in the decision making process of the Council. It is imperative that we take advantage of 2015, which also marks the 50thAnniversary of the 1965 reform, to make concrete progress on the reform of the Council,” he told delegates.

“Our view is for a fast-tracked process, in line with the initiative of His Excellency John Ashe, President of the 68th General Assembly, for establishing a working Group on reform. Indeed, the Security Council requires the collective resolve of all member states to ensure that 2015 brings decisive progress,” he said.

He said Nigeria appreciated the indispensabJe role of the UN in the search for solutions to address challenges including terrorism.

“We have been, and will remain a reliable and active partner, especially as we collectively work to resolve the new and emerging threats to global peace and security.”

– CAJ News


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