Lavrov on UN reform: Any serious reforms need to be implemented very carefully

SOT, Sergei Lavrov, Foreign Minister of Russia (Russian): “We welcome the fact that the Trump administration has become interested in the UN. It would be worse if they ignored the UN. The fact that there is some ‘extra fat’ in the UN has not been news for a long time. Any serious reforms need to be implemented very carefully. This excess ‘fat’ is largely due to the fact that the UN has 193 member... Еще countries. And each of them, even with a population of 10-15 thousand people, there are also such countries, especially in the southern part of the Pacific Ocean, wants to be involved in the organization, including [the desire] to have its own representative in the secretariat. This, in my opinion, is an absolutely understandable desire. Therefore, when we cut this ‘extra fat’ off, we should be careful not to hurt the living organism of this organization.” SOT, Sergei Lavrov, Foreign Minister of Russia (Russian): «Yes, we are working on it. We communicate with attorneys; collect information regarding various law firms’ preliminary opinions. We will not delay this issue but should not rush it either.” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said “the fact that there is some ‘extra fat’ in the UN has not been news for a long time. Any serious reforms need to be implemented very carefully,” during an interview with NTV at the UN headquarters in New York City on 22nd September. Talking about UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and US President Donald Trump talks on reforming the UN, Lavrov said “when we cut this ‘extra fat’ off, we should be careful not to hurt the living organism of this organization.” Talking about current tensions in North Korea, Lavrov said “the Americans will not attack [North] Korea, because they are not just guessing, but know for sure that it has a nuclear bomb,” adding “I'm not defending North Korea. I'm just saying that almost everyone agrees with this analysis.” The foreign minister also said that if this is not understood by the US “we could go into a very unpredictable dive.” Referring to the situation in Syria, Lavrov admitted that the US and Russia have different goals, saying “when ISIL is defeated along with Jabhat an-Nusrah, then everyone’s goals in Syria will be clear,” adding that when this happens it will become evident “whether the US pursues some political goals, which we do not know yet.”

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