Country’s communications director calls structure of UN Security Council ‘unfair’
The UN and its Security Council should be reformed to better deal with current events, Turkey’s communications director Fahrettin Altun said on Tuesday.
“The United Nations has failed to develop concrete solutions to prevent major humanitarian disasters, especially in the post-Cold War period, and unfortunately it has not been able to play an effective role in maintaining peace and security”, Altun said in a video message to a panel in Paris.
He added that the UN was “desperate” to prevent human tragedies in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, Syria and Kosovo, but did not succeed and showed the same “despair” in Ukraine.
“We are all aware that the United Nations, which was founded to safeguard peace and security, is unable to meet the expectations of the international community in this regard… In the face of the evolution of world politics and the modification of balance of power over the past 30 years, the organization is no longer able to fulfill its stabilizing function”, he affirmed the official.
Altun slammed what he called “dead end” within the UN Security Council, stating that “unfair and non-transparent” the structure of the UN body should change, recommending that it become more representative and multicultural.
The UN Security Council is one of the six principal organs of the UN and is primarily responsible for ensuring international peace and security.
It comprises 15 countries, including five permanent members – China, France, Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom – who each have the right to veto all resolutions. Political disagreements among permanent members often lead the Council not to adopt resolutions on key issues.
Altun made the remarks while taking part in a series of Turkish-backed global panels aimed at reforming the UN Security Council.
Turkey is not alone in calling for reform of the UN Security Council, with Russian Foreign Ministry official Aleksey Drobinin demanding similar reform. “democratization” of the body in early August.
Drobinin said the organization’s current agenda, mostly run by Western countries, does not necessarily represent the interests of most member states.
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