|Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) members on Thursday issued a declaration, proposing that the next UN Secretary General should come from Asia. |
"The SCO holds that the next Secretary-General of the United Nations should come from Asia," says the declaration, which was signed at the SCO summit Thursday.
Established in June 2001, the regional organization comprises China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
All presidents of the SCO members attended the summit meeting, celebrating the fifth anniversary of the SCO's founding.
The declaration also called for the United Nations to improve efficiency and strengthen its capacity for responding to new threats and challenges by carrying out proper and necessary reforms in light of the changing international environment.
As for carrying out Security Council reforms, the principles of equitable geographical distribution and seeking the broadest consensus should be observed, the declaration said.
"No time limit should be set for the reforms, nor should a vote be forced on any proposals over which there are major differences, " it added.
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