İstanbul will host a summit in early 2014 to discuss the issue of reforming the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) after a request by all countries that attended an international ministerial meeting in New York calling for such reform Today`s Zaman reported.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, in New York on Wednesday for a meeting of Uniting for Consensus (UfC), an international group that aims to create a more diverse and representative UNSC, offered to hold the next ministerial meeting of the UfC in İstanbul in upcoming months to comprehensively discuss the organization's structure.
Representatives from countries attending the UfC meeting welcomed the Turkish foreign minister's offer and agreed to hold a ministerial-level meeting in İstanbul later in 2014. Before this meeting in Turkey, a meeting at the vice ministerial level is expected to be held in Mexico to discuss methods of reform.
During Wednesday's meeting, UfC members called for "democratic, representative and equitable" changes to the UNSC. The group also highlighted that reform should accommodate the interests of all member states.
The group said future negotiations should be based on "five pillars of reform," which are the categories of membership, the veto issue, regional representation, the size of a larger UNSC and its working methods and the relationship between the UNSC and the UN General Assembly.
Turkey has been pushing for reform of the UNSC, particularly since its five permanent members failed to agree on a UN resolution to end the two-and-a-half-year-old crisis in Syria. Russia and China, two strong backers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, prevented any UN action against their ally, Syria. Recently, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized what he called the "inaction" of these P5 countries in the face of the Syrian crisis, asking, "What good is the UN doing?" referring to crises in the world.
Erdogan also gave his support to a campaign called "The World is Bigger than Five" which was launched by Genç Siviller (Young Civilians), a civil society group.
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