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Russia stands for a limited increase in the number of members of the UN Security Council
Russia stands for a limited increase in the number of members of the UN Security Council and believes it should be slightly above 20 compared to current 15, according to Russian Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Konstantin Dolgov, who opposed the idea of stripping the permanent members of their veto right. He told the UN General Assembly on Thursday the increase “should not damage the workability” of the Security Council. “Therefore, Russia stands for the preservation of a compact UN Security Council and believes the number of members of the renewed Council should not exceed a reasonable level, which can be schematically defined as ’20 plus’”, Dolgov said. Russia believes “the reform of the Council should increase its efficiency through limited expansion. The composition should be more representative and reflect the new international realities,” Dolgov said. “These aims can be achieved mostly by the inclusion into the Council of developed countries alongside with influential developing countries,” he said. Dolgov described as “counterproductive the ideas aimed at infringing on the powers and rights of the current permanent members of the Council, including the veto right”. “Such ideas, which have no chance to be implemented, only heat up emotions and do not promote accord on the Council reform parameters”, he said. Dolgov said the reform should be based on a wide accord. “Such accord calls for a bigger political support to the final decision than the officially necessary two thirds of votes of the General Assembly”.
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