Pakistan opposes expansion in UN Security Council

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Pakistan has rejected any expansion in the Security Council of United Nations and the argument that it could improve its working methods only by adding more permanent members to the body, local media reported Friday.

Abdullah Hussain Haroon, Pakistan Ambassador to the UN, in a closed-door session of the General Assembly said that the expansion in the way some states argue is not logical, local newspaper The Nation reported.

"A larger number of permanent members will further aggravate the exclusive and elitist culture of the council," the Pakistan envoy said in an obvious reference to the bid by India and some other countries for a permanent seat on the Security Council.

The Security Council, which is entrusted with maintaining international peace and security, is composed of 15 members, five veto-wielding permanent members, Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, and 10 non-permanent members that are elected for a two-year term.

"At present, the council has to reconcile the positions of five permanent members," the Pakistan Ambassador said.

At the same time, Haroon said any expansion of the Security Council must be accompanied by re-balancing the representation of various regions of the world on an equitable basis.

Source: Xinhua


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