Austrian Foreign Minister: U.N. Security Council needs reform

09:50, November 01, 2009      

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Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger reiterated Saturday that reform and close coordination with the EU Presidency is needed in the U.N. Security Council for better protection of civilians in armed conflict.

According to the Lunchtime Newspapers of Austrian Broadcasting (ORF), in the run up to taking over the rotating Presidency of U.N. Security Council by Austria for November, Spindelegger emphasized how important it was to reform the world organization. However, it would take "a long time," he said.

An extension of the circle of members should be considered by the Security Council, and "Africa should be represented", he said.

The foreign minister called on every EU member state that takes over the presidency of the U.N. Security Council to keep close coordination with the EU Presidency.

Since the beginning of this year, Austria has been a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, whose term runs to Dec. 31, 2010.

Source: Xinhua
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