Qatar to continue work with UN members for an active Security Council
November 10 2017 11:45 PM
UN Security Council

QNA/New York

Qatar has stressed that it will continue co-operating and working with UN member countries with a goal of having an active Security Council capable of taking the right decisions at the right time to support international peace and security.

This came in a statement read by Second Secretary of Qatar's delegation to the UN Talal bin Rashid al-Khalifa during a UN General Assembly session on the Security Council and the potential to increase its number of members among other issues.
The statement said that despite the passage of 20 years since the first talks on reforming the Security Council was held, member countries remain committed to the cause despite the challenges.
The statement also said that the comprehensive reform of the United Nations starts with reforming the Security Council.
It also said that the delay in the reform process requires all parties involved to co-operate further together and find a way to speed up negotiations to ensure the new Security Council is more active.
The statement highlighted that Qatar hosted in January an event focusing on the reform of the Security Council, with a number of countries concerned with the issue taking part.
The Doha event showed once again that reforming the council cannot be down to one group or country, but to the entire international community.
The statement added that Qatar emphasises the interdependence of all the main negotiating topics with several common elements, noting that any attempt to reform the Security Council will not succeed if confined to one side only and ignored the other elements.
The statement pointed out that Qatar reaffirms that the issue of the veto is a central issue in the process of reforming the council as experience has stressed the importance of restricting or refraining from using it when serious crimes such as war crimes, genocide or ethnic cleansing.
He said that the arbitrariness of the use of veto had in many cases undermined the credibility of the Security Council's decision-making process and, in some cases, led to the inability of the Security Council to discharge its responsibilities and to take the necessary measures to maintain international peace and security.
He added that Qatar renewed its support for the initiative of the ACT Code of Conduct and the France/Mexico Initiative on Veto Restriction in matters relating to the commission of international crimes, which included some 120 countries, including Qatar.
The statement pointed out to the question of the working methods of the council, to which the State of Qatar attached particular importance, which should be of interest in the negotiation process, explaining that only by dealing with partial reforms in the working methods is a breach of this important negotiating issue and could not lead to comprehensive reform.
In that context, the statement stressed the importance of continuing to review the working methods in order to bring them into line with international law and the Charter of the UN, the importance of the participation of all States in formal and informal meetings of interest to the international community and the submission of periodic analytical reports to the General Assembly.
At the end of his statement, Talal bin Rashid Al Khalifa stressed the importance of adequate and effective coordination between the Security Council, the General Assembly and other UN organs and not infringing on the powers of those bodies to deal with matters not related to the competence of the Security Council in accordance with Article 24 of the Charter of the UN.

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