US supports India at UNSC, Pak cries foul

Pakistan on Monday said US President Barack Obama`s endorsement of India`s bid for permanent membership of the UN Security Council would add to the "complexity" of efforts to revamp the world body`s most powerful organ.

Last Updated: Nov 08, 2010, 21:15 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday said US
President Barack Obama`s endorsement of India`s bid for
permanent membership of the UN Security Council would add to
the "complexity" of efforts to revamp the world body`s most
powerful organ.

In a statement issued shortly after Obama backed
India`s efforts to get permanent membership of the UN Security
Council during an address to Indian Parliament, Foreign Office
spokesman Abdul Basit indicated that the US should revisit its
stance and "take a moral view" instead of basing itself on
"any temporary expediency".
"Pakistan believes that US endorsement of India’s bid
for its permanent seat in the Security Council adds to the
complexity of the process of reforms of the Council," Basit
said in a statement issued by his office.

"Pakistan hopes that the United States, which
contributed immensely to the founding of the UN system and, in
particular, its Charter Principles, will take a moral view and
not base itself on any temporary expediency or exigencies of
power politics," he added.

Obama told Indian lawmakers that "the just and
sustainable international order that America seeks includes a
United Nations that is efficient, effective, credible and
legitimate."

"That is why I can say today in the years ahead, I
look forward to a reformed UN Security Council that includes
India as a permanent member," the US President said.

Basit claimed that despite India`s aspirations "for
recognition as a global power", there were "reasons enough to
discredit this proposed direction of the process of UNSC
reforms such as India`s conduct in relations with its
neighbours and its continued flagrant violations of Security
Council resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir".

Noting Obama`s expression of support for a permanent
seat for India in any reformed Security Council, Basit pointed
out that the US itself "has acknowledged that UN Security
Council reform is a difficult process and will take
significant time".
Pakistan’s position on UN Security Council reforms is
based on principles, Basit said.

"Any reform of the Council that contradicts the very
fundamental principles of the UN Charter, including the
principle of sovereign equality, of equal rights and
self-determination, and the principle of collective security,
would gravely undermine the system of international relations
based on the UN Charter principles," he said.

The Pakistan Foreign Office said multi-lateral
cooperation in a globalised and interdependent world can only
flourish if it is "based on respect of the principles of the
Charter of the UN and is consistent with recognised norms of
inter-state conduct and international law".

India`s bid to gain permanent membership of the UN
Security Council is a touchy issue in Pakistan, where the
government and political parties have called on the US not to
back such a move on the grounds that New Delhi has failed to
implement several UN resolutions on the Kashmir issue.

Pakistani policy-makers and analysts have held out the
hope that China, a permanent member of the Security Council
and an "all weather friend" of Pakistan, will use its veto
power to deny India a seat at the high table.

PTI