Kingdom committed to pushing for UN Security Council reform

December 14, 2013

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reiterated its determination to work with the United Nations and its member states in a comprehensive, fair, and transparent manner to achieve Security Council reform. In a speech to the General Assembly yesterday, the Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Abdullah bin Yahya Al-Maalami, said that the Security Council is no longer able to deal with the challenges of today’s world. He cited the body’s paralysis regarding the conflicts in Palestine and Syria as evidence of this ineffectiveness.

Ambassador Al-Maalami insisted that his claims do not reflect pessimism or despair; rather, they are another attempt by Saudi Arabia to sound the alarm on the need for deep and comprehensive reform. The Kingdom, he noted, supports expanding the membership of the Security Council to include permanent seats for Arab and African states and other unrepresented groups. Furthermore, the use of the veto should be restricted, especially in cases of crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide, and ethnic cleansing. These changes, warned Al-Maalami, are necessary to enable the Security Council to fulfill its obligations to maintain peace and security in the modern world.