I have the honour to speak on behalf of the Member States of the Eastern European Group eligible for non-permanent membership of the Security Council.
I wish to thank you for convening these informal consultations to discuss the question of regional representation in the Security Council. We congratulate you, Madam Chair and other facilitators of this process for your appointments and look forward to closely working with you. We would also like to express our gratitude to the President of the General Assembly for her efforts to give the reform process of the Security Council a new impetus.
Better representation of the broader membership of the whole United Nations as well as equitable geographic representation should be the fundamental principles guiding the enlargement of the category of the non-permanent members of the Security Council. The Member States of the Eastern European Group eligible for non-permanent membership of the Security Council would reiterate their view, stated in the Joint position paper in May 1998 (UN document: A/52/47) and February 2005 (A/59/723) that any increase in the non-permanent membership of the Security Council should ensure an enhanced representation of the Eastern European Group by the allocation to the said Group of at least one additional non-permanent seat in the enlarged Security Council. Let me also recall the fact that, since 1991, the Eastern European Group has more than doubled its membership, including by the most recent admission of Montenegro to the UN.
Our leaders agreed at the 2005 World Summit on the need to make the Council more representative, efficient and transparent thereby enhancing its effectiveness, legitimacy and implementation of its decisions. Therefore, we are confident that the legitimate interests of our Group will be fully taken into account in this vital process.
I thank you, Madam Chair.