Havana, 26 Nov (ACN) Ambassador Ana Silvia Rodríguez Abascal, Alternate Permanent Representative and Chargé d’Affaires Cuba to the United Nations, addressed the General Assembly today in a plenary session dedicated to the representation of states on the UN Security Council.
In her words, the diplomat presented position of Cuba on Item 122 of the agenda: Question of equitable representation and the increase in the number of members of the Security Council and other matters related to the Security Council.
According to the Cubaminrex website, Rodríguez Abascal stated that the main objective of the comprehensive reform of the Security Council, including its working methods, should be to make it a transparent, democratic and representative body.
She also added that a set of rules of procedure will have to be adopted, since the current one is still provisional; and its membership will have to be expanded, both in the category of permanent and non-permanent members, with the objective of rectifying the insufficient representation of developing countries.
The Cuban representative also argued that the membership of the Council should reach no less than 26 members, including an increase of new permanent members, at least two countries from Africa, two developing countries from Asia and two from Latin America and the Caribbean. Likewise, he added, the category of non-permanent members should be extended to at least 15 members.
He also referred to the right of veto, on which Cuba has expressed its opposition in various scenarios, but indicated that, as long as it is not eliminated, the new seats created in the permanent member category should have the same prerogatives and rights as the current ones, including the power to veto.
At the same time, Rodríguez Abascal called for an end to the Council’s interference in matters outside its competence, particularly in those matters that fall within the mandate of the UN General Assembly.
(Taken from ACN in Spanish)