Why Japan, India, Ukraine are not UNSC permanent members, questions Zelenskyy


Questioning why countries like India, Japan, Brazil and his own country are not permanent members of the UN Security Council, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said, “The day will come when this will be resolved.” “There has been a lot of talk about reforming the UN. How did it all end? There is no conclusion,” Zelensky said in his pre-recorded message to world leaders at the UN General Assembly’s general debate on Wednesday.

“If you look carefully at our peace formula, you will see that its implementation is already a practical reform of the United Nations. Our formula is universal, and unites the North and South of the world. It calls out to the majority of the world, and encourages the expansion of representation of the unheard. Africa, Latin America, Asia, “This is a disparity when most countries in Central and Eastern Europe comply with the right of veto, which they never have,” he said.

“Ukraine is talking about it. Have you ever heard such words from Russia? But a permanent member of the Security Council. For some reason. For some reason, not Japan or Brazil, not Turkey or India, not Germany or Ukraine. The day will come when this will be resolved,” he said.

India has been at the forefront of efforts at the UN to press for urgent long-pending reforms in the Security Council, insisting that it deserves a place at the top of the UN as a permanent member.

Currently, the UNSC consists of five permanent members and 10 non-permanent member states who are elected by the United Nations General Assembly for two-year terms.

The five permanent members are Russia, the UK, China, France and the US and these countries can veto any major resolution. There is a growing demand to increase the number of permanent members to reflect the contemporary global reality.

Addressing world leaders for the first time since Russia invaded in February, Zelensky asked world leaders to look at how many elements of global security Russia has undermined with its war — maritime security, food security, radiation security, energy. Defense and security against weapons of mass destruction.

“We are already restoring maritime security and food security,” he said, thanking Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for his personal involvement.

“Algeria, Ethiopia, Egypt, Libya, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Bangladesh, Israel, India, Iran, Yemen, Cyprus, China, Korea, Lebanon, Turkey, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Netherlands , Germany, Romania and France have already received Ukrainian agricultural products. Also to increase the supply by sea. Ukraine has always been a reliable partner under market conditions and in the UN Food Programme. Despite all the difficulties caused by the war, Ukraine decided to provide humanitarian aid to Ethiopia and Somalia, “so we will send them an additional amount of wheat.” Zelensky’s speech was one of the most eagerly awaited this year at a gathering about the war in his country.


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