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STATEMENT BY H.E. MR. BAATAR CHOISUREN,
PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF MONGOLIA TO THE UNITED NATIONS
AT THE INFORMAL MEETING

OF THE OPEN-ENDED WORKING GROUP ON THE QUESTION OF EQUITABLE REPRESENTATION ON AND INCREASE IN THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL

 

3 May 2007

 

Madam President,

 

 I am taking the floor today in order to express my delegation’s initial reaction to the report of the facilitators to the President of the General Assembly. My capital is now carefully considering the said report.

 

Madam President,

 

I would like to start by expressing my gratitude to you and the five Facilitators for the excellent manner in which deliberations of the Open-ended Working Group are being handled this year. Consultations focused around five closely interlinked, yet distinct clusters of issues pertaining to the reform of the Security Council gave us an opportunity to elaborate our positions.

 

I commend our distinguished Facilitators for their tireless efforts in organizing informal meetings, an informal interactive panel discussion and series of consultations and meetings with individual delegations and various groups of States. They have succeeded in having a process that was open, transparent and inclusive, as envisaged by you, Madam President.   

 

Madam President,

 

The report before us is an assessment of the current situation with respect to the Security Council reform, but it doesn’t stop there. The Facilitators have made an additional stride and on the basis of the consultations and assessment came up with a set of notions that they believe the Member States might want to further discuss in order to explore feasible solutions for the way forward. I salute them for doing so. The notions they have presented are an ordered, balanced and distilled representation of the different viewpoints and positions expressed by the membership. These notions deserve our most careful consideration.

 
 

Madam President,

 

Many notions contained in report enjoy wide consensus among the membership of the Organization, these include, but are not limited to, the relationship between the Security Council reform and the overall reform agenda of the United Nations, the comprehensive manner in which enlargement and working methods should be dealt, under-representation of developing countries as well as small States and that any achievable solution must address the concerns of the wide majority of the UN Member States, and Small States in particular.

 

The Facilitators in their report come to a conclusion that a transitional approach to some of the most divisive aspects of the Security Council reform may be our best way forward. They assert that flexibility is key in order to move forward and therefore present various options to achieve so-called intermediary arrangements subject to a mandatory review mechanism. I consider this to be an interesting idea that deserves our attention while taking into account various positions already on the table. Indeed many delegations have appealed for flexibility and open-mindedness with a view to reaching to a viable compromise solution.

 

Madam President,

 

My delegation considers the report before us as a solid basis for negotiations. Let us build on the momentum it created and start actual negotiations with a view to making progress. The progress that we in the end make may well be modest compared to what we ideally wished to achieve, nonetheless it would still be PROGRESS. We need to discard the “All or Nothing” approach that has for so long prevailed in this room.

 

 

I thank you.