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Pakistan opposes UN Security Council expansion via ‘privileged clique’

NEW YORK: Pakistan has warned the international community that any “ill-conceived reform of the Security Council would be the greatest disservice to the rules-based international order whose pivot is the UN”.
“A large, unwieldy and inefficient Security Council, characterized by an enlarged, privileged clique, is an end-state that Pakistan neither desires, nor will ever support,” Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN, said during long-running intergovernmental negotiations aimed at reforming the 15-member body to make it more representative, efficient, and effective. Full-scale negotiations to restructure the Security Council began in the General Assembly in February 2009.
The Security Council is currently composed of five permanent members Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States and 10 non-permanent members that are elected in groups of five to two-year terms.
“As true representation is inherently linked to active and continuous accountability, any measure of effectiveness is contingent on redressing the Council’s existing dysfunctionalities, and not reinforcing them,” she said.
Emphasizing the need to strengthen the representation of elected members on the Council, rather than emasculate their existing role, Lodhi said that the only satisfactory outcome to meet the twin objectives of efficiency and effectiveness is through an expansion in the elected non-permanent category of seats.
She stressed that consensus only exists for enlarging the Council by more elected, non-permanent members, adding that any claim to the contrary is a fallacy, and deserves to be treated as such.

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