US Statement on Security Council Reform to UNGA by Ambassador John Bolton
- We believe that, as clearly stated in the Charter, the Security Council alone will determine its own working methods and procedures…
- The United States supports an expansion of the Security Council that can contribute to its strength and effectiveness, and is open to various options to realize such a reform. Earlier this year, the U.S. made a specific proposal for a modest expansion of the Council by adding a combination of permanent and non-permanent members. We stand by that proposal and are open to suggestions of other countries.
- We have long supported a permanent seat for Japan. We hope very much that Japan will be able to take a permanent seat at the earliest possible opportunity. And we believe that developing countries deserve greater representation on this body. As I have already noted, particular emphasis should be placed on criteria for membership.
- We will not, however, support a return to any of the three proposals introduced in the 59th General Assembly.