Pakistan says UN Security Council is ``a closed club''

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Thu, 08/28/2008 - 22:36

Pakistan says UN Security Council is ``a closed club''

New York, Aug 28 PPI: Pakistan says UN Security Council is a ``closed club'' and called for greater transparency and openness in
15-member body's decision making process so as to enhance its effectiveness and legitimacy.

``The Council's real work and decision making transpires often in smaller and more
secretive conclaves, which in some cases exclude even some of its members,'' Farukh
Amil, Pakistan's deputy permanent
representative, said.

He called for improving Council's working methods. Increasing interaction between
Council and general membership is of key
importance as was implementation of consultation mechanisms between Council and
troop contributors. ``World needs Security Council, which does not always mirror
power realities, but one which can also stand up for weak, powerless with moral
authority and credibility,'' Amil told Council which held open debate on its working
methods for first time in 14 years.

``Some other major unresolved issues, including in our own region, lay idle on
agenda of Council. However, on ground these are
live issues. They are threat to international peace and security,'' he noted. Even
on some important issues like Middle East, Council's role has been sidelined and
viewed by many as ``ineffective and partisan.''

Saying that determination of Council's agenda depended to large extent on positions
and priorities of its five permanent members -
Britain, China, France, Russia and United States - and other major Powers, Amil said
provisions for peaceful settlement of disputes
remained grossly underutilized.

Council had wide-ranging agenda that was assuming increasingly larger role in
managing international relations. Its scope of action
extended now from pre-conflict peacemaking to conflict management, peacekeeping,
post-conflict consolidation. It was only body that could make binding decisions and
take enforcement action. Its work affected all Member States and it was logical for
them to follow and assess its work, he added.

Stating UN was indispensable instrument to promote goals of peace, development,
human rights, he said these could be achieved by following essence of its Charter,
which is cooperative multilateralism.