Foreign Minister Taro Kono
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UN 16 Dec. /TASS/. Japan, which leaves the UN Security Council on 31 December 2017, will attempt to re-enter into the composition of this organ of the world organization in the next decade. This was stated on December 15, foreign Minister Taro Kono in a press conference in the headquarters of the United Nations.
According to him, Tokyo ultimately plans to become a permanent member of the security Council, which today are Russia, UK, China, USA and France, but this has not happened yet, will qualify for temporary membership. “In this regard, I wish to announce that Japan will participate in the elections of non-permanent members of the Security Council, which will be held in 2022,” – said the diplomat.
Election of the members of the Security Council are held in the General Assembly. In accordance with the existing procedure in the 2022 elections will be held by countries which will work in the security Council in 2023-2024 .
Taro Kono spoke in favor of reforming the UN security Council, saying that it was “an urgent task, necessary in order to enable the Council to respond more effectively to threats to international peace and security.” “Not only from the point of view of the desire of Japan to become permanent members,” he said. The Minister has called during the current session of the General Assembly to start work on the text of the document, which will set the parameters of the SC reform.
The Minister recalled that the UN chief, antónio Guterres, has already initiated changes in the work of the Secretariat of the world organization. In his words, “no reform [of the UN] will not be complete if will not affect the Security Council.”
Intergovernmental negotiations on the reform of the security Council have been underway for several years, but countries have not yet managed to agree on key issues, including the optimal composition of the UN security Council, the number of its permanent and temporary members, as well as the order of use of the veto. Among the most likely candidates for the ranks of permanent members included Brazil, Germany, India, South Africa and Japan. In October, Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an interview with the International discussion club “Valdai”, expressed the opinion that in the next year or two to reach consensus on reform is unrealistic.