PARIS – France refuses to transfer its permanent seat to the UN Security Council in European headquarters like that was suggested by the German Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz, according to the declaration Thursday of the spokesman of the Quai d'Orsay.
The German Vice-Chancellor proposed Wednesday to "mutualize" the permanent seat of France in the UN Security Council by transforming it into a European headquarters.
The United Kingdom is the second-largest European country that sits permanently alongside France, the United States, Russia and China in the Security Council, but with the Brexit it does not is no longer a member of the European Union.
"France is a permanent member of the Security Council under the provisions of the 1945 United Nations Charter," spokeswoman Agnès von der Mühll told reporters in an electronic briefing. assumes all responsibilities as such.
"We take into account all our positions in the expression of our national positions, we are actively participating with Germany and the other Member States in coordinating the Union's position", she said. added, arguing that France is "actively campaigning for the reform of the United Nations Security Council".
She indicated that her country is "in favor" of the enlargement of the Security Council and a revision of the United Nations Charter to "bring as permanent members Germany but also Japan, Brazil, India and two African countries, recalling that Germany has been elected to the United Nations Security Council for the 2019-2020 biennium.
"We are available to coordinate our positions with her, in the spirit of the Franco-German partnership to which we are deeply committed and in the respect of the Charter", she concluded.