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Russia calls for reforming UN Security Council

United Nations Security Council underrepresents developing regions of world, says Russian foreign minister

25.02.2019
Russia calls for reforming UN Security Council

By Elena Teslova

MOSCOW 

Russian foreign minister on Monday called for reforming the United Nations Security Council.

Speaking at “International Cooperation in a Troubled World” conference in Vietnamese city of Ho Chi Minh, Sergey Lavrov said the developing regions are inadequately represented in the decision-making body of the international organization.

"The reform of the UN Security Council is definitely overdue, as it underrepresents the developing regions of the world – Asia, Africa and Latin America.

"Now, up to a third of the UN Security Council is represented by the EU countries. I do not think that the inclusion of the countries of the historical West will add to this structure, the diversity that we want to see there," Lavrov added.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long advocated reforming the structure of the UN Security Council, using the motto: "The world is bigger than five," and has criticized the five permanent Council members -- China, France, Russia, the U.K., and the U.S.

Some powerful nations have been using their powers to vote or pass decisions at the UN Security council some of which have had catastrophic impact on other nations.

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