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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

President sees growth in Poland's status after joining UN SC

"I would like to see a reform of the UN and the Security Council," President Andrzej Duda said

An increase in Poland's status after the country assumed the role of a UN Security Council (UN SC) non-permanent member is clearly visible as a number of political leaders have already mentioned the fact, President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday.


Poland became a UN SC non-permanent member on January 1 and will sit on the Council until the end of 2019.


See also: President Andrzej Duda to promote Poland in Davos The president is attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Speaking to Polish public radio, President Andrzej Duda said he would like to make use of the membership to promote Poland. "It is a great opportunity for us for the next two years," he said.


During its term, Poland will chair the Council twice, President Duda observed. This would allow Poland to prepare the agenda for Council meetings and put forward its own subjects for discussion, he added.


"A number of political leaders make reference to this element, I can already see it - and we have only just started," Andrzej Duda said.


"I would like to see a reform of the UN and the Security Council. This reform could involve the solution I believe the French side once suggested, that is to limit the veto right," President Duda stressed.


Even if the veto is used, the fact that the UN Security Council does discuss a given situation has its political bearing and many leaders would like some issues not to be raised, according to President Andrzej Duda. (PAP)

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