Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

Statement to the General Assembly by H.E. Karel J.G. van Oosterom

Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
to the United Nations

on behalf of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Kingdom of Belgium
on the issue of “Security Council Reform”

New York, 12 December 2013


Mr. Chairman,

I have the honour of speaking on behalf of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Kingdom of Belgium.

I would like to thank you for convening the Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform. In addition, I would like to thank the President of the General Assembly as well as the advisory group for their preparatory work and their input.

Mr. Chairman,

Belgium and the Netherlands wholeheartedly welcome the non-paper we have before us today - and indeed these Intergovernmental Negotiations. As the President of General Assembly stated on several occasions, the work of the advisory group was meant to be exactly that: advisory. Regardless of what the outcome may be, the value of this non-paper lies in the fact that it will inform our discussions, rather than limit our scope.

The Intergovernmental Negotiations will now have to resume in earnest. Willingness to compromise will be required of all of us. Let me highlight one specific issue: we would welcome a voluntary moratorium on the use of the veto in the case of mass atrocities. We are prepared to engage with all the members to reach a solution through the Intergovernmental Negotiations process. Our views of the ideal solution may differ, but we must set sights on a common goal: a modernized Security Council that reflects the geopolitical realities of the 21st century, a Security Council which is more inclusive, more representative, more transparent, and therefore more legitimate. Such a Security Council will contribute to a more credible United Nations and will be a reinforcement of the international system.

Mr. Chairman, we look forward to working with you in a careful and prudent process.