New York, March 19, 2014
Statement by H.E. Maria Emma Mejia, in the debate on the Question of Equitable Representation on and Increase in the Membership of the Security Council and Related Matters – Veto
During her intervention, Ambassador Maria Emma Mejia ackoweledged that this is a sentitive issue and that any discussion in this regard may have effects that delay the deliberations about the Security Council Reform, but a thorough review of the alternatives to limit the arbitrary use of this instrument, in order to make the decision0making process more democratic, has broad support from the Membership and it could be a starting point. Likewise, she reiterated the position of Colombia in the sense to request a limited use of the veto only to situations related to Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, while creating mechanisms to reverse or neutralize its implementation or increased threshold are additional alternatives that should be thoroughly evaluated.
New York, March 13, 2014
Question of Equitable Representation on and Increase in the Membership of the Security Council and Related Matters
Ms. Maria Emma Mejia, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations, participated in the opening session for the Intergovernmental Negotiations process for the reform of the UN Security Council. In her statement, Ambassador Mejia welcomed this new round of sessions that will give impetus to the overall process so we can all have a Security Council adjusted to the current international scene, which counts with a multiplicity of actors, challenges, threats, and realities different from the moment when the United Nations was established. Ambassador Mejia also highlighted that Colombia has a principled position on the reform of the Security Council, which comes from the very moment of the establishment of this Organization in 1945, because we firmly believe ever since in the principle of the sovereign equality of States.
H.E. Mr. Juan Manuel Santos Calderón
Minister of Foreign Affairs
H.E. Mrs. María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar
UN Ambassador of Colombia
María Emma Mejía Vélez
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