Opening Statement – 16 June 2010
Excellencies, distinguished delegates,
1. Welcome back to the third exchange of the fifth round of intergovernmental negotiations. The topic today is the section of the negotiation text dedicated to the fourth key issue: size of an enlarged Security Council and working methods of the Council.
2. The negotiation text before you contains excerpts from Member States positions, and is divided according to the five key issues established and reaffirmed by Member States in decisions 62/557 and 63/565. The text contains redundancies, overlaps, and numerous areas where editorial changes would be useful. For that reason, I encourage you to improve the text to make it more useful for our shared work.
3. At our last meeting, I was delighted that some Member States took the opportunity to look at concrete language proposals. This will help us all to rationalize and improve the negotiation text.
4. I would like to underscore that we are in an informal plenary. This means that although Member States are always welcome to comment on any matter you deem relevant, in order to make this process work, I encourage all of you to make concrete suggestions and propose specific amendments that will reduce obvious overlaps, address existing differences and combine common elements in the language of the negotiation text. There is no need to restate known positions. And for those who have not yet done so, I again ask that any concrete proposals that are made be submitted to my office in writing so that we can properly reflect them in the next revision of the text.
5. As I mentioned last week, I intend to distribute the second revision of the text at the conclusion of this round, which will of course reflect all of the concrete proposals made during these meetings as well as those communicated to me.
6. As is usual practice in this house, you are, and will remain, the masters of your own positions. Though we will reflect all proposals in the text, amendments will only be applied with the agreement of the Member State, or States, whose language is affected.
7. On this note, you are of course always encouraged to also deliberate amongst each other and convey any results thereof to me either during our meetings or through a letter.
8. Finally, let me remind all of you that we continue to meet in an informal setting. We therefore do not have a speakers list today. Please raise your nameplates if you wish to speak.
Closing statement – 16 June 2010 – SC Reform
Excellencies, distinguished delegates
We seem to have exhausted our initial discussion of this section if there are no more Member States that wish to comment on the proposals made today.
I thank all of you for your active and constructive participation today.
As a response to the queries on the timetable, let me add that our next meeting will take place on 28 June. It will cover the section of the text relating to the third key issue, on regional representation. This meeting will be followed by a meeting on key issue number two on 7 July, and a meeting on key issue number one on 12 July.
I intend to distribute a second revision of the text following the last meeting.
The text will of course reflect all of the concrete proposals made during these meetings as well as those communicated to me.
As is usual practice in this house, you are, and will remain, the masters of your own positions. Though we will reflect all proposals in the text, amendments will only be applied with the agreement of the Member State, or States, whose language is affected.
As I mentioned in the beginning, if Member States have additional proposals or amendments on this section, for example as a result of discussions with other Member States and groups, I would encourage them to send them to me any time before the end of this round for inclusion in the second revision of the text.
In this regard, it would be very helpful if you would please forward your concrete proposals to my office for inclusion in revision 2 of the negotiation text.
Finally, let me stress once more that I am as always impartial to any of the positions. My impartiality includes the order of speakers, which is indicated to me by the Secretariat based on objective criteria usually followed in such informal proceedings.
Going forward, however, I assure you that I will duly reflect over the comments on procedure made today. In doing so, I will of course bear in mind my responsibility as Chair to ensure a legitimate and interactive modus operandi that can pave the way towards real progress.