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Russia Suggests Asian, African Developing Countries be Admitted to UN Security Council

20.07.2017 18:43

Developing countries of Asia and Africa are to be the first to be admitted to the extended United Nations Security Council, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vladimir Safronkov said.

According to Safronkov, the issue of the Security Council reform is one of the most important of the United Nations agenda as it concerns "a body, which under the United Nations Charter bears principal responsibility for maintaining international peace and security". At the same time, he noted that there are "considerable gaps" in positions of the states, which surfaced during the latest session of inter-governmental talks.

Intergovernmental talks on reforming the United Nations Security Council have been underway for years but the countries are failing to reach common grounds on key issues, such as an optimal composition of the Security Council, the number of its permanent and non-permanent members, and vetoing procedures. Among the most probable candidates for permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council are Brazil, Germany, India, South Africa, and Japan.

On Wednesday, the General Assembly passed a resolution on immediate resumption of the intragovernmental talks on Security Council reforms and on including this matter on the agenda of the 72nd session of the General Assembly that starts in September.