Statement by the H.E Mr. Yukio Takasu at the UNGA on the decision to adopt the report of the OEWG on Security Council Reform
17 September 2007
I would like to express my deep appreciation to you for the leadership you demonstrated throughout the current 61st session of the General Assembly in raising momentum for Security Council reform. The efforts made by the five facilitators and two Ambassadors to move forward under your guidance are also greatly appreciated.
We would like to commend you particularly on your tireless efforts, which made it possible to adopt the report of the OEWG by consensus. Without your commitment, this could not have happened.
We witnessed the heightened interest in Security Council reform during last week's considerations in OEWG meetings. Throughout the process, the momentum toward the early realization of reform has been further strengthened, which augurs well for the next session of the General Assembly.
The issue of Security Council reform has been discussed over the years in the General Assembly. We believe that there is a broad agreement now to move to the next stage of consideration, namely intergovernmental negotiations.
It has now been decided that the OEWG will continue its work, and the question of Security Council reform will be considered again in the next session. Japan sincerely hopes that concrete results will be achieved during the 62nd session of the General Assembly through intergovernmental negotiations.
Japan continues to maintain its basic position on Security Council reform, which includes the expansion of both categories, so as to make it more representative, effective and transparent, with enhanced effectiveness and legitimacy.
With that in mind, our delegation is ready to engage actively and constructively in the forthcoming intergovernmental negotiations in a flexible manner, with a view to producing concrete results during the next session of the General Assembly. I would like to call upon other delegations to participate in the negotiations in the same spirit, so that we may accomplish jointly this challenging task to make the Security Council more effective.
It was a real joy to work with you, Madam President. Your commitment and dedication to advance the process and seek a consensus were indeed gratifying. I wish you well in your next endeavors.
Thank you, Madam President.
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