UNITED NATIONS - Pakistan has called for a comprehensive reform of the U.N. Security Council, not "any kind of quick fix or shortcuts" in reforming the UN Security Council, when the General Assembly's panel tasked with making recommendations to make the 15-member body more representative and effective resumed its work Friday. "Comprehensive reform means a comprehensive negotiated package, which should address all issues and aspects of Security Council reform including its structure, expansion, decision making, veto and working methods," Ambassador Haroon said in a debate on the council's reform in the 192-member assembly's Open-Ended Working Group. The group is to preparing for intergovernmental negotiations to be held in February 2009. "After years of discussion, the efforts for a real reform of the Security Council cannot be allowed to precipitate in any kind of quick fix or shortcuts," Ambassador Haroon said, obviously referring to the push by India, Brazil, Germany and Japan, known as Group of the Four, to gain the council's permanent membership. The council's reform, including its enlargement, was backed by the 2005 world summit held at UN Headquarters in New York. Practically all member states agree on enlarging the membership of Council, but they are sharply divided over the details. In July 2005, the G-4 called for boosting its membership from 15 members to 25, with six new permanent seats without veto power and two for the African region as well as four non-permanent seats. The Italy/Pakistan-led "Uniting for Consensus" (UfC) group opposed any expansion of the permanent members on the Security Council. It sought enlargement of the council to 25 seats, with 10 new non-permanent members who would be elected for two-year terms, with the possibility of immediate re-election. The African Union's called for the Council to be enlarged to 26 seats, one more permanent seat than the G-4 proposal. Its proposal for six new permanent seats was the same as the G-4's, except that it would give the new members veto power. "(R)eform of the Security Council can only be achieved through negotiations, not by forcing unilateral proposals," Ambassador Haroon said in the course of his intervention on Friday. "Only a negotiated solution can accommodate the positions and interests of all member states." The primary objective of reform, he said, was to make the Council more democratic, equitably representative, transparent, efficient and effective, and accountable to the membership. In this regard, he outlined some of the principles that should guide the process, negotiations process: Sovereign equality of member states and equitable geographical distribution that has bearing on the allocation of new seats to regional groups in any agreed expansion. Any reform of the Security Council must accommodate the interests of all member states and regions, particularly those that have been historically marginalized or under-represented, the Pakistan ambassador said. "This is the best way of ensuring that the legitimate interests of a large majority of the membership -- comprised of small, medium and developing states -- will be served," he said. "This majority, which has resulted from the substantial increase in the membership of the United Nations since the 60s, is after all the real new reality of the present times. "Those who continue to see the reform of the Security Council only in terms of perceived power and privilege, be it in 1945 or today, also need to come to terms with this new reality," Ambassador Haroon addded.