In a speech to the third plenary intergovernmental negotiations (IGN) on UN Security Council reform, held April 3-4 at the UN headquarters in New York, Romania’s permanent representative to the UN Ion Jinga underscored the importance of IGN in such reform.
“Reforming the Security Council should be tackled from a win-win perspective that will allow a solution based on the largest possible political acceptance, because the reform will generate geopolitical consequences. The IGN outcome will have to be validated at a domestic political level by at least two thirds of the UN member states, including the five permanent members. That is why the IGN part is to build bridges and trust among the member states,” Jinga is quoted as saying in a press statement.
Jinga and his Tunisian counterpart Mohammed Khaled Khiari – the two co-chairs of the IGN – presided over the session, which focused on regional representation and the size of an enlarged security council.
The session occasioned the first interactive debate on an informal reform document called “food for thought” drawn by the IGN co-chairs dealing with “Elements of Convergence, Commonalities and Issues for further Consideration.” The document presents five major themes on the IGN agenda, having been unveiled to all the UN member states for the first time at the weekend.
In his speeches, Jinga pointed out that the positive elements after two IGN sessions, one each in February and March, are an increase in trust among the negotiating partners and a consensus over the need for a common denominator allowing the advancement of the Security Council reform. The next negotiating session on the Security Council reform is scheduled for May 8-9.