Foreign Ministers of L.69 group of nations call expansion of UNSC "essential" to make body "more representative"
New Delhi [India], September 22 (ANI): The Foreign Ministers of the L.69 group of nations on Thursday held a meeting on the sidelines of the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly to exchange views on reform of the United Nations Security Council. The leaders called the expansion of the UNSC "essential" to make the body "more representative, legitimate, and effective."
The L-69 Ministerial joint press statement read, "The Ministers reaffirmed that expansion of the Council, in both permanent and non-permanent categories of membership, is essential to make the body more representative, legitimate, and effective."
It further stated, "In this regard, they reiterated their expectation that the ongoing Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) process on UNSC reform will commence negotiations based on a single consolidated text, with the aim of delivering concrete outcomes within a fixed time frame."
The Foreign Ministers of the L.69 nations underscored the need for an enhanced role and presence of developing nations to improve the ability of the Council to respond effectively to the multiple, complex, evolving challenges the contemporary world faces on questions of international peace and security.
The press statement said further "The ministers stressed the importance of ensuring equitable geographical representation, especially for under-represented and unrepresented regions and groups, such as Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean, in both categories of membership of the Security Council."