PAKISTAN OPPOSES MORE PERMANENT SEATS TO UN
SECURITY COUNCIL: AMBASSADOR LODHI
Chitral Times Report
Islamabad: Pakistan said at the UN that adding more
permanent seats to the Security Council was contrary to the
principles of democracy and representativeness. This would only
satisfy the self-centered interests of a few states at the expense
of the legitimate interests of all member states, says a press
release received here today from New York.
Speaking in the inter governmental negotiations of the General
Assembly on Security Council Reform, Pakistan’s Ambassador, Dr.
Maleeha Lodhi said that enhancing the Council’s size by more
permanent members would be “a travesty of the principle of the
sovereign equality of states”.
Instead, she argued, Pakistan believed that Security Council’s
expansion should take place by seats that were electable on the
basis of fixed rotation and periodic elections.
Ambassador Lodhi told the packed hall of the Trusteeship chamber
that the objective to make the Council more representative and
effective could only be attained by reinforcing the number and role
of elected members.
She said it was disingenuous to suggest that more permanent members
would make the Council more effective when it was the standoff and
deadlock among permanent members that has hobbled the Council’s
“It makes no sense, on the one hand, to suggest ideas on existing
working methods that aim to make the Council more open, democratic,
transparent and accountable and, on the other hand, propose
additional permanent seats that could undercut the same objectives
in an expanded Council”, the Pakistani envoy said.
Speaking on the working methods of the Council, Ambassador Lodhi
voiced Pakistan’s belief that efforts to improve the Council’s
working methods should continue both within and outside the
She recalled that during Pakistan’s last term in the Council, it
re-introduced wrap-up sessions, which have now become a norm.
“Pakistan also made specific proposals on enhancing intra-council
communication and organized open meetings. All these steps were
taken to augment the “openness and transparency of the Council’s
working”, she said.
Describing the Council as “a master of its own procedures”,
Ambassador Lodhi called for developing a joint mechanism between
the Council and the General Assembly on improving its existing
working methods. “Such a mechanism could open the Council’s Working
Group on working methods to the inputs and proposals of all Member
States and could help identify common grounds”, she said.
Ambassador Lodhi emphasized the need for consistency in reform on
the five key issues and said, “We cannot create a mirage of
pursuing our goal of a more democratic, representative,
accountable, transparent and effective Council in one area, while
at the same time weakening the same principles in another key area
She concluded by saying that Pakistan believed that genuine
convergence among Member States could only emerge by discussing
respective positions and proposals in an “inter-linked manner”.
“This should be the bedrock of our effort to achieve a
comprehensive reform of the Council, which can garner the widest
possible political support”, she added.