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Thu, 06/19/2008 - 12:01
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Pakistan for general accord on compromise intermediate approach to UN Security

New York, June 19 (PPI) - Pakistan called for general agreement on a compromise intermediate approach towards reforming UN Security Council, starting with the creation of additional non-permanent seats and leaving issues on which there is no agreement - mainly installation of new permanent members - to future negotiations.
The only two realistic and achievable options are either creation of only non-permanent seats or of mostly non-permanent seats and few so-called extended seats, Pakistan Ambassador Munir Akram told UN General Assembly panel entrusted to make recommendations aimed at turning 15-member council into a more representative and effective body.
Pakistan believes majority of seats ought to be non-permanent seats for allocation to small and medium states with only few extended seats, if agreed, to cater to desire of larger states for more frequent or longer representation on the Council.
He called for solemn agreement for ending unilateral moves seeking votes and decisions proposed by some states while process of consultations and subsequent negotiations is underway.
Akram, who has played pivotal role in frustrating attempts at lopsided enlargement of Council and in upholding interests of small and medium states, was obviously referring to a draft resolution informally circulated by India and previously by other contenders for an enhanced status - seeking expansion of Council in both permanent and non-permanent categories.
In July 2005, permanent membership aspirants - India, Brazil, Germany & Japan called Group of Four proposed boosting Council's membership from 15 members to 25, with six new permanent seats without veto power and two for African region as well as four
non-permanent seats.
Italy/ Pakistan- led Uniting for Consensus group opposed any expansion of permanent members on Council. It sought enlargement of Council to 25 seats, with 10 new non-permanent members who would be elected for two-year terms, with possibility of immediate re-election.
Akram said reform process should be aimed at strengthening representation of general membership and not to enlarge coterie of powerful and privileged. Pakistan was prepared to explore and make compromises in order to move process forward. "Our flexibility stops at our red lines, principally our opposition to addition of new
individual member on the Council."