The US has put India on `probation` in UNSC: CPI-M

The United States has put India on "probation" in the UN Security Council and would decide on supporting its claim for permanent membership only after New Delhi "toes its line", the CPI(M) alleged on Tuesday.

New Delhi: The United States has put India on "probation" in the UN Security Council and would decide on supporting its claim for permanent membership only after New Delhi "toes its line", the CPI(M) alleged on Tuesday.

"India has been put on probation by the US for two years, as our term as a non-permanent member of the Security Council has just begun.

"Washington will determine its stand on our (claim for) permanent membership on the basis of positions India takes on issues like Myanmar and Iran. `Toe our line, then we will decide` is the clear message to India," CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said on the visit by President Barack Obama.

He said India should strive for permanent membership
"on its own strength and not depend on anyone. We should do it
on the basis of an independent foreign policy and not as a junior ally of the US".

Referring to Obama`s address to Parliament, Yechury
said the universal values of democracy and human rights as
portrayed by the US President should be "applied universally".

"He spoke on the rights of the people of Myanmar. We
too have been demanding the release of jailed leader Aung San
Suu Kyi. But the President did not speak about the human
rights of the Palestinian people or the `continued massacre`
of the Iraqi people.

"Obama spoke of sanctions against Iran on the nuclear
issue, but not a word against Israel on the same count. The US
itself has been continuing an economic sanction and blockade of Cuba for several decades now," the CPI(M) leader said, adding, "That is American universality".

Relations between India and the US should be based on mutual benefit but not on the basis of "selective application of universal values", he said.

On Pakistan, Yechury said Obama visited India only after signing an assistance of almost USD 2 billion to Islamabad as Washington considers it a crucial ally to fight Taliban in Afghanistan.

Yechury said the Presidential visit was primarily aimed at opening up markets in Asia, particularly India, "to protect the US economy and create jobs there. It was also intended to take Indo-US strategic relationship further and draw India closer to the US on security and military matters".

In this context, he referred to the deals relating to nuclear cooperation, sale of military and telecommunication equipment and fighters jet aircraft, besides cooperation in agriculture and said the US was pressuring India to open up retail trade to allow sale of American products here.

"We are seriously concerned as all this would directly
affect the livelihood of the people. Obama administration`s
stand on outsourcing clearly implies that curtailment of job
opportunities in India will boost job opportunities in US".

PTI

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