United Nations: India has sought continuation
of inter-governmental negotiations at the United Nations on
the reform of the 15-member powerful Security Council,
including expansion of its both permanent and non-permanent
seats and improvement of its working methods.
In his address to the 66th session of the UN General
Assembly, Rajya Sabha MP H K Dua said India was among the
originators of an initiative on a short resolution launched
earlier this year calling for the Security Council reform that
includes expansion in both its permanent and non-permanent
categories and improvement on its working methods.
"India played an important role in ensuring that the
process of inter-governmental negotiations on Security Council
reform was initiated and has played an active role in the
deliberations ever since their commencement in 2009.
"We supported the start of text-based negotiations in
2010 and have already stated our clear support for the third
revision of the negotiation text," Dua said.
In his statement on the `Question of equitable
representation on and increase in membership of the Security
Council and other related matters`, Dua noted that an
overwhelming majority of UN member-states, including more than
80 delegations which have done so in writing, have expressed
their firm support for the ongoing initiative on UN reforms
"In addition, the short resolution has also attracted
verbal assurances of support from a number of other countries
as well," he said.