Statement by H.E. Ambassador Koro Bessho, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, at the Informal Plenary Meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform

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Co-chairs,
 
First of all, I would like to thank the President of the General Assembly and the Co-chairs of Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform (IGN) for convening today’s meeting. I am looking forward to your guidance and leadership. My delegation will spare no effort to support your work.
 
I fully align myself with the statement made by Ambassador Christoph Heusgen, Permanent Representative of Germany, on behalf of the G4. Please allow me to stress a few points in my national capacity.
 
First, the negotiations based on a text should start now.
 
At the World Summit in 2005, we all supported early reform of the Security Council. Thirteen years later, we haven’t even started to negotiate.
 
It is time for us to get down to business, instead of just talking. Negotiating based on a text is what we do in the United Nations to translate words into action.
 
Second, everyone’s position should be taken on board in the text-based negotiations.
 
The launch of text-based negotiations is just the beginning, and not the end, of the process. In Japan’s view, the Security Council should be expanded in both permanent and non-permanent categories, and the majority of Member States are in support of this idea. Nevertheless, Japan would like to see the positions of all groups and Member States duly reflected in a text for negotiations. In particular, Japan strongly wishes to see explicit references to and adequate reflection of the African Common position.
 
Compromise by all the Member States is necessary to move forward. To achieve this, no one should be left behind during the negotiation process. Japan is ready to engage in real give-and-take negotiations. However, such compromise must emerge from serious engagement in text-based negotiations, not in never-ending exchanges of statements.
 
Lastly, my delegation would like to encourage the Co-chairs to present a text for negotiations at the next meeting of the IGN.
 
All aspects of comprehensive reform of the Security Council have already been discussed in a holistic manner. Therefore, the necessary and logical next step is to prepare a concise and operational negotiation text. This should be a text which the Member States can negotiate.
 
Relevant documents and references are available. A negotiation text can be prepared by building upon such work.
 
Co-chairs,
 
PGA Lajčák has been consistent in expressing his willingness to promote a “credible process” to address the reform of the Security Council. I believe the text-based negotiations are the only solution to make such “credible process” possible. We must now move toward action.
 
I thank you.