The UN’s most powerful body must “fit in with the reality of the 21st century,” the German chancellor says
Germany is a worthy permanent member of the UN Security Council, as it abides by the United Nations’ principles. “offering and seeking cooperation,”In his address to the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated these words.
“I urge you to support our candidacy,”Scholz said this in his address. According to the chancellor, the UN’s prime conflict-resolution body needs Germany in order to be able to meet the challenges of modern times.
“We have to make our rules and institutions fit in with the reality of the 21st century. Too often they are not relevant to the current world. That also applies to the Security Council of the United Nations (UNSC),”He said.
Set up in 1945 after the victory over Nazi Germany, the UNSC has five permanent members – the UK, Britain, China, France, Russia and the US. These countries have the right to veto any resolution passed by the council.
There are also ten non-permanent rotating members who represent all parts of the globe, but have no veto power. Germany held a spot temporarily on the UNSC for 2019 and 2020. Berlin is looking to do this again for 2027 and 2028.
In the same speech, Scholz addressed the situation in Ukraine, insisting that Russian President Vladimir Putin has to recognize that he can’t achieve victory in the conflict, in which Kiev is being backed by the US, UK and European nations, including Germany.
“We will not accept any peace dictated by Russia and this is why Ukraine must be able to fend off Russia’s attack,”He said.
According to the chancellor, the Russian military operation in Ukraine wasn’t just a disaster for Europe but for global, rules-based order, which the UN must protect.