Spain opposes expanding UN Security Council
1 December 2004, NEW YORK- Spain has said it opposes increasing the number of permanent members on the UN Security Council panel.
1 December 2004
NEW YORK- Spain has said it opposes increasing the number of permanent members on the UN Security Council panel.
"Increasing the number of permanent members is not the only way to reform the Security Council or the most desirable," Spanish Ambassador to the United Nations Juan Antonio Yañez-Barnuevo told Spanish reporters late on Tuesday.
Spain said that more rotating members should be added to the Security Council to provide greater representation to their respective regions.
It also argued that the rotating members should have shorter terms to allow greater participation, whether in budgetary affairs or troop contributions.
The Security Council is made up of five permanent members with veto power - the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France - and 10 temporary members that rotate every two years.
A report made public by U.N. authorities on Tuesday outlined two options to expand the council. The first consists of adding six new permanent members without veto power and three new rotating members.
The second option, endorsed by Spain, would create a new category of semi-permanent members that could remain on the panel for a four-year period.
The council would have eight semi-permanent members and one non-permanent member, again for a total of 24 countries.
Yañez-Barnuevo said the second option would increase the opportunity for smaller countries, like Spain, to make a greater contribution to the U.N. and "have a more frequent presence in the Security Council."
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news