18 October 2012Remarks at the Stakeout by Ambassador Philip Parham, Chargé D'Affaires of the UK Mission to the UN, on the Security Council elections
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,
I just wanted to say, briefly, how much the United Kingdom looks forward to welcoming the new members to the Security Council at the beginning of next year.
Luxembourg, of course, will be joining the Council for the first time, a founder member of the United Nations joining the Council for the first time, and a member of the United Nations which makes a disproportionate contribution to the work of the United Nations. We look forward very much to working with them.
Australia, as you know, and as you just heard from the Foreign Minister, has made historic contributions to international peace and security. For example, to the Cambodia peace agreements and currently, to stabilisation in Afghanistan. And again, we look forward to welcoming them to the Council for the first time since 1986.
Rwanda will bring to the Council the particular perspective of a country that has overcome serious conflict and has done so more successfully than many. We look forward to working with them on issues of international peace and security, including the efforts to try to end the cycle of violence in the Eastern DRC.
We look forward also to working closely with Argentina as we do in many other fora on issues, for example, non-proliferation and human rights.
And finally the Republic of Korea will join the Council as a significant international actor, one that’s making major contributions to the work of the United Nations and we look forward to working with them as well.
Q: Can we expect the issue of the Malvinas / Falkland Islands to, at time, be raised in the Council? Do you see this as having any impact on that issue?
A: I think the Security Council has a large agenda of serious and pressing issues of international peace and security. We don’t see any appetite among other Council members to have that issue raised in the Council.
Thank you very much.