Friday, October 01, 2004

Libya demands permanent UN SC seat

It's not that weird when you give it some serious thought. After all, they already chaired the UN Human Rights Commission. They have the necessary experience. They are acceptable to all other members (except Israel of course, but they will never be on the Security Council so the point is moot). After all, all Arab countries are eligible to serve on the SC, most recently Syria has served on and even chaired it. Israel's position in the SC (and the UN in general) on the other hand is somewhat different...
Thus, without membership in a regional group, Israel can never be elected to serve a term on the Security Council or, for that matter, to the other most important bodies of the UN system, such as the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the World Court, UNICEF and the Commission on Human Rights.

The Charter of the United Nations proclaims "the equal rights...of nations large and small." But only Israel, among all the UN members, is denied the right to belong to any regional group.
Israel can NEVER be on the Security Council. It is the ONLY country in the world that holds such a pariah status.

Anyway. If you want to have a good laugh (or cry, as the case may be) read
BBC - Libya demands permanent UN seat

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Israel joined the WEOG in 2000:

"For five decades Israel was excluded from a regional group in the United Nations; in May 2000 it was admitted to the Western Regional Group (WEOG) on a temporary basis until it could join the Asian group. Israel may now elect, and be elected to the major United Nations bodies".

http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Facts%20About%20Israel/Among%20the%20Nations/ISRAEL%20AMONG%20THE%20NATIONS-%20United%20Nations

12:21 AM  
Blogger D said...

Israel has indeed been admitted to the WEOG. On a temporary basis, 'until it could join the Asian group'. This latter will not happen while the Asian group can deny membership to Israel. And there is no foreseeable end to their position.

The only hope is that the WEOG will allow Israel to be a temporary member indefinitely, or to invite it to become a permamenent member.

12:27 PM  

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