UNITED NATIONS, November 7 (Itar-Tass) - Russia speaks out in favor of preserving the compactness of the UN Security Council and warns that its expansion will most likely make the adoption of crucial decisions more complicated, the Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, said Thursday as he addressed a meeting of the General Assembly devoted to the Security Council’s reform.
“To avoid frustrations in the future, it’s scarcely worthwhile to think that an expanded council will be endorsing the necessary decisions faster,” he said. “In all probability, the process will only get more complicated.”
Churkin stressed Russia’s conviction that the Security Council should get a more representative character along with retaining compactness.
“Its membership shouldn’t exceed twenty-something members,” he said.
At present, the Security Council has five permanent members - Russia, Britain, China, the U.S., and France - and ten nonpermanent members elected by the General Assembly for two-year terms. The current nonpermanent members are Australia, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Guatemala, Luxembourg, Morocco, Pakistan, South Korea, Rwanda, and Togo.