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UN needs real reform not EU Security Council seat

5 October, 2004

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has rejected the call by incoming European External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner for a permanent EU seat on the United Nations Security Council.

Speaking today, Ms de Brún said:

"Ms Ferrero-Waldner's proposal is not about democratic reform of the UN Security Council, nor is it about strengthening the workings of the UN and its capacity to deliver on the UN Charter. It is about positioning the EU as a superpower. A seat for the EU on the UN Security Council will not deliver the needed fundamental democratic reform of that body nor contribute in any way to the revitalisation of the UN as a whole.

"This is an urgent issue and it is not acceptable that it keeps getting pushed to the bottom of the international and EU agenda. Instead of looking to consolidate power, the EU Commission and member states should instead focus on how the EU can best make a contribution to the UN reform process, and to the strengthening of that organisation.

"Unfortunately, since the EU has shifted its focus towards its own security agenda and building its own army, this has led to the depletion - not enhancement of the UN and UN peacekeeping in particular. The effect of this latest proposal will be no different." ENDS

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