Indonesia optimistic about UNSC permanent seat

13:58, December 28, 2010      

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Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said that as the world's largest Muslim-majority nation, Indonesia should get a permanent seat at the reformed UN Security Council (UNSC), local media reported on Tuesday.

Marty said Monday that the Indonesian government would certainly not drop its efforts to get a seat in the UNSC, while reform at the UNSC was still underway.

"If you are keen to ensure the Security Council is more representative, I can't think of no better way than seeing Indonesia -- a country that is comfortably promoting development and progress -- become a permanent member," Marty was quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying.

Marty said Indonesia's capabilities had been tested through time after serving in the UNSC three times as a non-permanent member. Indonesia was a non-permanent member of the UNSC in 1973- 1974, 1995-1996 and 2007-2008.

Indonesia will take up the chairmanship of ASEAN in 2011, with observers arguing that this would strengthen its standing in the international arena.

Marty said the Security Council members were negotiating a number of options to reform the UNSC, including introducing new permanent members and interim members for countries to serve in the Council for more than two years.

Currently, the US, the UK, France, Russia and China hold the permanent seats in the Security Council.

Source: Xinhua

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