UN Security Council reform a necessity: Ping

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8 June 2005, VIENNA - The President of the 59th session of the United Nations General Assembly Jean Ping warned on Wednesday of possible failure of United Nations reform.

8 June 2005

VIENNA - The President of the 59th session of the United Nations General Assembly Jean Ping warned on Wednesday of possible failure of United Nations reform.

He wanted to avoid "tough confrontations", said Ping, who is foreign minister of Gabon. The reform was a necessity. Disputes could throw the entire enterprise off the rails, he told reporters.

At present, two plans are being discussed for the Security Council.

The first is an enlargement by non-permanent as well as six permanent members. It is above all supported by the so-called G-4 states - Germany, Japan, India, Brazil - which hope for permanent seats with veto rights for themselves alongside two as yet unnamed African states. The other plan is only for additional non-permanent members.

Ping said that as General Assembly President, he could not express a preference for either plan. But he cautioned that one could not expect a reform proposal which would be unanimously accepted by all United Nations members.

The assembly president, on a three-day visit to Austria, stressed that the planned changes in the Security Council were only one of the areas of the planned United Nations reforms.

In the area of development, there was far-reaching consensus among the 191 UN members to commit themselves to the organisation's millennium goals. On collective security, there was a plan for a 'Comprehensive Convention on Terrorism'.

Before holding his press conference, Ping opened the 48th session of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).

DPA

Subject: German news

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