Thank you for convening this important meeting which marks the beginning of intergovernmental negotiations in informal plenary of the General Assembly.
Norway remains a firm supporter of a comprehensive Security Council reform. It is an essential component of the overall United Nations reform, and progress is needed to strengthen the credibility and legitimacy of the whole organization.
The Security Council needs to be reformed to better reflect the world community of the 21st century. We are open to the idea of an enlargement in both the permanent and non-permanent category. It is also important to guarantee that smaller states have the opportunity to serve as members of the Security Council.
A more representative and therefore more legitimate council will also be more effective in carrying out its functions. We also support, as an important part of the comprehensive reform of the Security Council, the reform of its working methods and procedures.
We welcome your decision to launch intergovernmental negotiations in informal plenary of the General Assembly. We have before us your work plan which will guide our discussion on the five key issues.
Norway is willing to start negotiations in an open and constructive manner. It is important, however, that there is a possibility to bring in new ideas in later stages of the negotiation process. The process should be open, flexible and inclusive.
Our objective remains to find solutions that will bolster the legitimacy of the Council and enhance respect for and compliance with its decisions, while at the same time maintaining the Council as an effective forum for decision-making.
Norway stands ready to commence intergovernmental negotiations under your able guidance.
Thank you, Mr Chairman.