Turkish minister: All UNSC seats should be voted

The representational ability and the legitimacy of the United Nations Security Council are controversial, Babacan said.

Turkish minister: All UNSC seats should be voted

World Bulletin / News Desk

The representational ability and the legitimacy of the United Nations Security Council are controversial, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Economy Ali Babacan has said, calling for a representational change to the body.

“There were five appointed seats on the [the International Monetary Fund] IMF Executive Board. Why? Because the countries that had certain economic power had taken the seats following World War II. We made a decision at the latest G-20 meeting and now everybody can have a seat through elections,” Babacan said on Tuesday at a meeting of the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK), referring to an IMF reform that has led to developing countries having a greater say on a more representative Executive Board through a shift in voting power.

“We want to see this also in the UN Security Council. Five countries that were the winners of World War II have permanent seats. It is always debatable what such a structure's reputation is in world public opinion, and its ability to represent has always been controversial. Its level of legitimacy is also questionable,” Babacan said. “We believe that change within a certain period of time, just as happened with international finance organizations, is important,” he said, noting that Turkey will gradually intensify efforts to pave the way for such a change.

The UN Security Council has five permanent and 10 non-permanent seats. The permanent members -- the United States, Russia, France, China and Britain -- have the right to veto any decision. The council requires a unanimous vote of the permanent five and votes from at least four non-permanent members to act on a specific matter.

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