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Statement on the Security Coucil Reform by H.E. Martin Palouš, Permanent Represetative of the Czech Republic to the UN

General Assembly, June 17

H.E. Mr. Martin PALOUŠMr. President,

I would like to thank you for convening this important meeting and more brad for your perseverance to move process forward. The Report that was submitted by your Vice-Chairpersons is, according to our view, fair and balanced, summarizes nicely all the proposals on the table and I would like to commend its authors for their very good work.

The debate we are leading right now is certainly not new. We seem to be stepping again and again - as if in the opposition to the famous ancient dictum of Heracleitos - in the same river. The positions and approaches of various parties are well known, stated and restated. That is why I would like to be very brief and clear.

We are also convinced as may the other delegations that the potential of the consultation process within the "open-ended" working group has exhausted itself and we indeed need to bring this important issue to the next level. The Czech Republic agrees with those who propose to start now, still during the 62nd Session, with intergovernmental negotiations, based on the results so far achieved. We should start them in the most opened and flexible manner: without excluding - as you, Mr. President, have rightly said - any preferred option, to be revisited in the future at any agreed time.

The Czech Republic fully supports the seven principles or pillars proposed by you, Mr. President and would like to emphasize once more that the Reform of the Security Council, both as far as its membership and its working methods are concerned, is one of the most urgent tasks we are confronted with today. The geopolitical realities of the 21st century represent great challenges for all of us. We certainly hope that we all together, in the spirit of cooperation and good faith, will be able to solve this puzzle, being aware of not only our differences but also our common responsibility.

To the General Assembly, June 17, 2008