• Germany's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Westerwelle appeals to small states for UN Security Council seat

The Local · 26 Sep 2010, 11:18

Published: 26 Sep 2010 11:18 GMT+02:00

His 13-minute speech argued that Germany on the Security Council would be a strong partner for smaller countries and would work for peace, climate protection, education and development.

“Our guiding principle, also for the work conducted here in the United Nations, is cooperation on an equal level, it is the cooperation between equals,” he said.

This statement referred to the equality in terms of votes wielded by UN members on which countries will next take up the rotating non-permanent seats on the powerful Security Council.

The German government already helps “those who are suffering the most from climate change,” said Westerwelle.

“The fate of, above all, the small island states is in our hearts,” he said, having held bilateral talks with a number of smaller states including the Marshall Islands - a tiny group of islands in the Pacific – during his five-day visit to New York.

Such tiny countries are often offered economic incentives such as the construction of ports or even government buildings by larger countries in return for their votes in such international forums.

Westerwelle also portrayed Germany as a big player on the world stage.

“Germany is ready to take on global responsibilities within the framework set by the United Nations,” he said.

Two Security Council seats are set to be filled in a secret UN vote on October 12 – the candidates, among them Canada and Portugal – must get a two-thirds majority vote.

Story continues below…

The UN General Assembly gives an opportunity for all 192 members to speak – this was the first time Westerwelle had made such an address.

He had made his speech in German, but finished in English, saying, “You can count on Germany. You can rely on Germany.”

DAPD/hc

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

11:59 September 26, 2010 by joetke
Amazing really. Just looking for some legitimacy of modern Germany leaders in recognizing small states, I came across this wikipedia link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herero_and_Namaqua_Genocide

dealing with a genocide Germans are reluctant to talk about, the genocide of Herero and Namaqua people of Namibia (under some UN-granted german responsibility by then). It is stated that even in 1998 german president Herzog didn't seem eager to recognize german wrong-doing signed by the very first end 19th-20th concentration camps germans set in Namibia, long before they industrialized the management of genocide from 1942.

Now, Westerwelle seems to have completely forgotten (it's not up to a German born politician whatsoever to forget) this SERIOUS HISTORICAL FACT.

He, Merkel and other german leaders SHOULD show much evidence of caring about small nations, before uttering the slightest word about those latter. Just a matter of honesty and contrition.
23:25 September 26, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
@joetke

I think you missed the part where Germany gives billions of euros every year in foreign aid to developing countries, and regularly volunteers for material aid in disaster and recovery efforts. I think that qualifies as evidence and caring.
10:17 September 27, 2010 by Aschaffenburgboy
There is no future if you all live in the past. Der Grenadier aus Aachen is correct. Germany is very active in humanitarian aid, and helping those in need. It would also bring balance to the hot headed members which are permanent seated in the council, my country (USA) being one of them.

Please people, remember, the lines on the map were forged with battle cries and blood, this is how it was, for every single nation on the planet. It is time to move forward and live in the present and stop pointing out what every other nation did decades ago.
Today's headlines
Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
File photo: DPA

When a man swimming naked in a Bavarian lake felt a strange pain in his nether regions, he looked up to see a fisherman on the shore. "Don’t pull!" he shouted.

Study finds rival Rhineland beers 'actually taste the same'
Left: Altbier. Right: Kölsch. Or can you even tell? Photos: DPA.

Cologne and Düsseldorf have a long established rivalry, not least over who has the better home brew. So the results of a new study might be more than they can swallow.

Eastern Europe pushes Germany for joint EU army
Angela Merkel (l), Beata Szydlo and Victor Orban. Photo: DPA

Eastern EU countries on Friday pushed for the bloc to create a joint army as they met with Germany for talks on sketching Europe's post-Brexit future.

Merkel’s party mate wants to get rid of all Karl Marx streets
Karl Marx and one of the roadways in Berlin named for him. Photos: Wikimedia Commons, Nicor

Hundreds of streets are named after the founder of communism, but this conservative politician wants to give Marx the boot.

State elections
6 reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
Photo: DPA

With state elections around the corner, The Local looks at the poor side of Germany's "poor but sexy" capital city.

Upstarts RB Leipzig plan to go right to top of Bundesliga
RB Leipzig players celebrate scoring against Dynamo Dresden. Photo: DPA

RB Leipzig make their Bundesliga debut on Sunday, but the East German outfit, sponsored by energy drinks manufacturer Red Bull, are already far from popular in Germany's top-flight.

Poland criticizes Germany’s 'self-serving' foreign policy
Witold Waszczykowski. Photo: DPA

The Polish foreign minister has said that Germany all too often follows its own interests at the expense of its partners, as Chancellor Angela Merkel prepares to visit Warsaw.

Vast majority of Germans in favour of burqa ban: poll
Women wearing niqab veils in Saudi Arabia. Photo: DPA.

A survey found that the vast majority of respondents were in favour of Germany passing a ban on the full-body veil sometimes worn by Muslim women.

Czech police detain driver for harassing Merkel's motorcade
Angela Merkel. File photo: DPA

Czech police arrested a man on Thursday for attempting to drive into the motorcade of visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Prague, they said.

Teacher convicted for holding kids back after class
Photo: DPA

A music teacher from North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has been found guilty of "holding people against their will" after he made some naughty stay kids back after class.

Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Gallery
Germany's 17 Olympic gold medals in pictures
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Culture
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Rhineland
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Culture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
Sponsored Article
Life in Jordan: 'Undiscovered treasure'
Lifestyle
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
14 facts you never knew about the Brandenburg Gate
Society
Ten times Germans proved they really, really love beer
Sponsored Article
Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East
Lifestyle
What's on in Germany: events for August 2016
Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
National
Six things you need to know when moving to Germany
Travel
These 10 little-known German towns are a must see
Sponsored Article
Jordan Pass: your ticket to the experience of a lifetime
International
German scientists prove birds can sleep while flying
Sponsored Article
Jordan: where history meets adventure
Technology
London v. Berlin: Which is better for startups?
Lifestyle
13 mortifying mistakes German learners always make
Sponsored Article
6 reasons expats use TransferWise to send money
Travel
Enter if you dare: Berlin's best abandoned haunts
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Lifestyle
10 rookie errors all Brits make when they arrive in Germany
Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
National
How to get German citizenship (or just stay forever)
Sponsored Article
Jordan: where history meets adventure
Technology
Brexit will turn Berlin into 'Europe’s startup capital'
Sponsored Article
6 reasons expats use TransferWise to send money
Travel
Six soothing day trips to escape the bustle of Berlin
International
'Germany needs to make UK come to its senses'
Features
Six odd things Germans do in the summer
Features
How two gay dads cut through German red tape to start a family
8,614
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd