Date: 2003-04-12 13:23:15
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Canada, as i do, should continue to emphasise that the underlying texts and laws od the UN are good. It is their implementation which seem wrong.
Canada should really try to change how the UN works, especially regarding the veto powers of the security council. Vetos should disappear - the security council should keep its permanent members and add new ones (Brazil, Germany, Japan and India come to mind), there should also be a few more non-permanent members - maybe here, as you suggest, maybe it would be a good if non-permanent would be excluded from rotation.
The Security Council should still be in my opinion the ultimate system to resolve conflicts, and take care of the security of the world.
But as stated above, even though the UN Security Council should be the ultimate body of law, i also think that the UN General Assembly should represent all nations of the world, democratic or not. The UN General Assembly should also be able to (in a 66% majority vote maybe), have the same powers as the security council.
I think this gives less power to non-democratic countries, but also still balances so that non-democratic countries still have a voice.
p.s : There are about 80 countries which are non-democratic, thats half the UN, you'd really want to isolate them? I doubt its possible.
Furthermore, what is the definition of democracy? Is Lienchtenstein (spelling?) a democracy?