Kuwait calls for Arab and Muslim nations to have place on Security Council

24 September 2010
Sheikh Naser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait

Arab and Muslim countries deserve to be represented on the Security Council commensurate to their size and contributions, Kuwait’s Prime Minister told the second day of the General Assembly’s annual general debate today.

Sheikh Nasser al Mohammad al Ahmad al Sabah said it was high time to push ahead with the reform of the 15-member Council, the principal global body for peace and security, after 17 years of negotiations on the issue.

He said it was vital to make the Council’s work more transparent and also to increase its membership to reflect “a fair balance in representation and efficiency in its discharge of its duties.”

The Prime Minister said any increase should also “guarantee the right of the Arab and Muslim States of their representation that would correspond to their size, their contributions and their role in defending the objectives and principles of the [United Nations] Charter.”

Bahrain’s Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander, also addressing the General Assembly today, spoke of the need to restructure international relations so that they are based on more inclusive alliances.

This would require “a higher degree of respect for the opinions and values of the other, consistent with our commitments to pursue the objectives and noble principles embodied in the Charter: peace, security, friendly relations, international cooperation among nations and peoples,” Prince Salman Bin Hamad al-Khalifa said.


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