The Uniting for Consensus Core Group held a ministerial meeting in New York

Islamabad: The Uniting for Consensus Core Group held a ministerial meeting in New York today to take stock of the intergovernmental negotiations on the reform of the Security Council, says a press release received here today from Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, New York.

The Group took note of the results achieved during the 65th Session of the General Assembly that have shown, once again, the need for flexibility and compromise to achieve a reform that would render the Security Council more equitable, democratic and accountable.

The Group reiterated its adherence to the goal of a comprehensive and inclusive process of reform of the Security Council and underlined how divisive initiatives risk undermining it.

As an example of inclusiveness and transparency, the Group recalled the meeting hosted by Italy on May 16 which was attended by 123 delegations and the one promoted by Mexico on July 18. Both events were open to representatives of all regional groups and informal groupings and were inspired by the same eagerness for compromise, with the only aims of promoting a middle ground solution that could garner the widest possible political acceptance and supporting the inter governmental negotiations.

Furthermore, recalling with appreciation the intensive efforts of the President of the 65th General Assembly and convinced that his impartial role is crucial in building confidence among Member States, the Group expressed its commitment to maintain a continuous dialogue and work closely with the new President, H.E. Mr. Nassir Al- Nasser.

It also restated that the United Nations General Assembly is the only legitimate forum to decide the reform of the Security Council and, in this context, remained committed to finding a comprehensive negotiated solution which might enjoy the widest possible support of the membership.

Finally, the Group reaffirmed its commitment to the other important and interrelated components of the United Nations reform process, particularly the revitalization of the General Assembly.

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