Pakistan has reaffirmed its stand that instead of creating new permanent seats in the United Nations Security Council, it is best option to increase its non-permanent members.

Talking to delegates at inter-governmental negotiations on reforming the council, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN Maleeha Lodhi said increasing non-permanent seats of the body will make it more democratic.

She said regional representation, based on periodic elections and equitable geographic distribution can be enhanced in the category of elected seats.

As regards the call for expanding permanent membership to include the concept of “regional representation” she said a permanent member cannot claim representative status if it is not accountable to the region.

The Pakistani envoy also called for addressing the key issue of veto, as it has a serious bearing on effectiveness, transparency and accountability of the council.

She said the veto can be counterbalanced in the council by strengthening the voice of elected members.

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