October 22, 2014

President Karzai urges for UN Security Council reform

By Sajad - Thu Nov 08 2012, 10:38 pm

Afghan president Hamid Karzai and Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the United Nations Security Council does not repsent democracy and urged for a reform in UN Security Council.

While speaking during the Bali Democracy Forum in Indonesia President Karzai said, “Coming to the global democratic governance, I think there is no disagreement here, that it isn’t just nor is it very democratic, the security council does not represent all of us, the five permanent members having the right of veto is not democratic and the relationship between the Security Council and the General Assembly is not democratic and of course, we all wish it to be democratic.”

President Karzai further added, “How do we get there, Afghanistan is too small and insignificant to make an impact but the talk we will, democracy allows that, the freedom of speech. So we do ask for a more democratic global order and we hope all of us together can push for that.”

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said the decision regarding the future of world belongs to five nations as the UN Security Council is comprised of five permanent members and ten temporary members.

He said, “We want to experience a change in UN Security Council and the new formation which should lead justice and equality.”

This comes as Recep Tayyip Erdogan last month urged for a change in UN Security Council and said that the current international principle was the main issue behind the deadly crisis in Syria since the two permanent members China and Russ have vetoed the declarations of UN Security Council on Syria.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said, “democracy and global governance – are actually relevant to our collective interest and concerns. We see across the world an ever-accelerating movement towards democracy, driven as much by historic dynamics of change and transformation, as by newly emerging trends that are unique to the 21st century. “

“Democracy today is not only a manifestation of the quest of people for freedom, equality and self-determination – but also of the emergence of a globalized society, social activation, social media and of course the evolution we see in communication technologies.”

He said,  “Afghanistan’s experience this time has succeeded better than our expectations. This signifies to us that the country was now on the right track and truly and deeply into a democratic practice. As a consequence of that, today in Afghanistan, we have 27 percent of our parliament made up of women. We have been participating in media and economic and social activities of the country. We have a senate and a house of representatives, and we will have in a year and half from today, the third presidential elections in Afghanistan, which we are trying our best to conduct properly, we hope that the international community will also assist us in conducting those elections properly. That will take Afghanistan many, many steps further into a stronger, democratic future and definitely a better, over all, future. But of course, as President Yodhuyono in his address said, democracy can only succeed and better succeed if it is homegrown and anchored in the conditions of a particular society or a nation.  That is indeed true and that is what we have learnt in Afghanistan as well.”

The fifth Bali Democracy Forum on Indonesia’s resort island comes a day after President Barack Obama was reelected in the US election.

The event is being attended by 11 heads of state, including Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

The forum will discuss the promotion of democracy through peaceful means, and not wars and violence, with a focus on development, economy, education, health, food security, welfare and climate change.

Bali Democracy Forum was first held at the initiative of the Indonesian government in 2008 with the aim of promoting democracy in the Asia-Pacific region.

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