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UN Security Council: Membership

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 144969, tabled on 22 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what mechanisms exist to (a) suspend or (b) remove a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

Answered on

25 March 2022

There is no mechanism to suspend or remove a permanent member specifically from the UN Security Council (UNSC). Suspension or expulsion of any Member State from the United Nations itself requires a decision of the UN General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council. Any permanent member of the UNSC can therefore veto its own - or others' - proposed suspension or expulsion.

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