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Politics and News from Belarus - Charter'97



Lukashenka sceptical of UN Security Council reform
17:03, 19/09/2005

Speaking at the UN summit in New York Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka voiced the viewpoints of Belarus on the most topical problems of the present-day world.

[Lukashenka, in Russian] It comes down to a banal thing, namely obtaining a seat of a permanent Security Council member. I believe and I have just said that the actual arithmetical number of the Security Council permanent members is not the most important consideration. If any reform of the UN is to be implemented, such reform should tackle the UN`s essence.

We are all well aware of the UN`s goals as an organization. The way the organization is performing its functions and how the decisions of the UN Security Council, which we seek to expand, are being enforced are currently at issue. You now how the UN Security Council has been performing to date. A possible increase in the number of permanent members is unlikely to improve things. If the current five cannot come to terms, adopt a decision and make sure that this decision is implemented, it will be even more difficult to do so for 10 or 15 members.

Thus I believe that the UN reform, which as you have just said will be limited to the change in the number of permanent Security Council members, is not needed at all. This is a waste of time.

There is one more issue of principle. Drawing on my extensive experience of politics, I have noticed that if we do not do enough or work inefficiently, we immediately start reforms. This is true for both regional and global organizations.

Take regional organizations, for example the CIS and others. We have been reforming them for ages. We should address the very essence. In my speech I have just set forth what I mean by the essence and how we in Belarus see it. This essence is the most frightening development which we could not have imagined 10 years ago when I first paid a visit to this building. This is a threat of nuclear terrorism. No-one talked about this threat at that time. This is currently the key challenge of the 21st century.

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