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Statement on the Security Council Reform by Mr. Petr Kaiser, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the United Nations

Open-ended Working Group on the Question of Equitable Representation and on the Increase in the Membership of the Security Council and Other Matters Related to the Security Council

Mr. President

Let me thank you for convening this meeting of the OEWG on very short notice. In this context, let me reiterate our appeal that our proceeding be transparent and truly inclusive in order to ensure that all interested Member States, big and small, are on board at this important juncture.

As far as the substance of your new proposal is concerned, we would like to underline, once more, that it is the main objective of this delegation to ensure that we finally implement the decision 61/561 and launch the intergovernmental negotiations while avoiding creation of artificial obstacles from their outset.

As it has been observed by a number of previous speakers during our recent deliberations, too many preconditions and safeguards may only create a situation when any meaningful progress is a priori impossible. This preoccupation especially concerns the language of the Recommendations contained in § 22c) and § 22e) of your report.

Mr. President,

As we received the new draft of the report very recently, we are not in a position to provide detailed drafting proposals. However, I would like to make same remarks on elements that are of importance to us.

We welcome that, in the proposed text there is a concrete deadline for commencing the intergovernmental negotiations. As far as the venue of these negotiations is concerned, we believe that the best and only option is the plenary of the GA. Only by using this forum would we be able to conduct a meaningful intergovernmental process that would be based on principles of openness, transparency and inclusiveness.

Having said that, I would like to underline that the last sentence of § 22c), referring to framework and modalities of the intergovernmental negotiations, is superficial and could just lead to further confusion and difficulties. Therefore, we ask for their deletion.

Speaking about § 22c), we would seek its clarification with regard to the required majority. In this context, let me echo what we said during the previous meeting of OEWG last week: we should stick to the established procedures. The § 22e) should be amended accordingly.

Along the same line, it is vital to avoid any ambiguities that could potentially lead to the creation of unnecessary obstacles in the next phase of our efforts. Let me state clearly that it is our understanding that the reference to the seven principles that has been discussed at length, also today, does not mean that these principles should be binding also for intergovernmental negotiations. They have served as a tool for organizing the deliberations of the OEWG, but are not applicable for an intergovernmental process where they have not been endorsed by all Member States.

Mr. President,

These are some short preliminary comments of our delegation. I hope that they will be taken into account when you further elaborate your report.

Before I finish my statement, let me repeat, once again, our main objective to move to the next phase - to the intergovernmental process. We believe that this aim is shared by the vast majority of Member States. Let us, therefore, finally implement the decision 61/561.

Petr Kaiser, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic

Open-ended Working Group on the Question of Equitable Representation and on the Increase in the Membership of the Security Council And Other Matters Related to the Security Council