NEW YORK, 2nd June, 2016 (WAM) — The State of Kuwait has affirmed that the inter-governmental talks on the planned reforms of the UN Security Council, UNSC, showed that there is a consensus on the need to make the body more democratic and more representative of nations worldwide.

According to the Kuwaiti News Agency, KUNA, Kuwait’s Permanent Delegate, Mansour Al-Otaibi, speaking on behalf of the Arab group of states, said since the start of the inter-governmental talks four months ago, UN member states and regional groups of states have raised suggestions on UNSC reforms.

The views and suggestions raised are almost identical, he said, affirming the Arab demand for fairer representation on the UNSC.

Al-Otaibi was addressing the informal closed-door meeting on the inter-governmental negotiations on the question of equitable representation for the increase in membership of the Security Council and other matters related to the Council. The debate was part of the 70th UN General Assembly session.

He reaffirmed the commitment of the Arab group to efforts to build the broadest possible consensus on UNSC reforms with a view to enabling the Council to be more effective and more representative of the aspirations of the various countries of the world.

The views and suggestions raised by the various countries and groups of countries should form the groundwork for the aspired reforms of the UNSC, he added.

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