Rinkēvičs: Eastern Europe needs extra seat on UN Security Council

Continuing a busy week that has already taken in the Riga Summit and visits to Qatar and the US, on Tuesday Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs was at the New York headquarters of the United Nations where he delivered a call for reform of the UN Security Council.

"In a meeting with representatives from the African Group of nations, the Foreign Minister noted that the UN Security Council was in need of reforms," a statement from the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

"The global challenges and the number of member countries in the UN have significantly increased since its establishment, and yet the UN Security Council does not reflect the changes that have taken place in the world," it continued, saying Rinkēvičs  had "stressed that serious discussions were needed on UN Security Council reform to enable the organisation to effectively counter present-day challenges."

The use of the veto powers in the event of crimes against humanity should be discussed and Eastern European Group should also be assigned an additional non-permanent seat, Rinkēvičs argued.


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