Arabs must unite before seeking a permanent seat at the U.N.

Since the beginning of the new century, Arabs have demanded a permanent seat in the U.N. Security Council. The demand came in response to the U.N.’s promises of reform. The U.N., as its high-ranking officials have confessed, is an organization that has aged and became weak and outdated. The reasons of its establishment since the fall of the axis powers have changed.

Kuwait’s permanent delegate to the U.N., Mansour al-Otaibi, voiced the Arab group’s demand for a permanent seat. He reminded everyone there that the number of Arab states that exist had grown from five in 1945 to 22 today.

The truth is, we Arabs deserve more than a seat, not because of our big number but because of our numerous problems and causes. Whether we like it or not, our issues occupy most international organizations, from the Security Council, to the General Assembly, to the Refugee Agency, to the International Court of Justice, to the Human Rights Council, to the Food and Agriculture Organization, to UNESCO and the World Health Organization.

Despite that, I wish I could hear Otaibi’s opinion on how the Arab vs. Arab struggle over a permanent seat will be resolved, that is if we assume that the U.N. has decided to grant a seat to us in the first place. Will the seat belong to Syria, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, Algeria or Morocco? It’s a very important position. Saudi Arabia’s experience of rejecting the U.N. Security Council seat – though it was honorable and temporary – will not be repeated…

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