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India to pitch for comprehensive reform of UNSC

PM Manmohan Singh, who arrived here yesterday, will participate in the high level segment of the 66th session of the world body.



United Nations: India will make a strong pitch for comprehensive reform of the UN Security Council to create an equitable system that is reflective of current
realities when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addresses the UN General Assembly on Friday.

Dr Singh, who arrived here yesterday, will participate in the high level segment of the 66th session of the world body when he will also focus on issues like the need for a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism to tackle the scourge
that India has been suffering for decades.

As Prime Minister of a key emerging economy that is playing a constructive role in contributing to global economic recovery, Singh is expected to reaffirm India`s commitment at the UN to continue working with other countries on furthering
global economic and financial stability as well as to foster, strong sustainable and balanced economic growth.

On UN Security Council reforms, India feels that unless comprehensive reform is undertaken, the process would only be piecemeal and incomplete.

India would, along with members of the G4 (Brazil, Japan and Germany), continue to work pro-actively to maintain the momentum for Security Council reforms.

Briefing reporters on the Prime Minister`s participation at the UNGA proceedings, India`s Permanent Representative to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri expressed optimism on the world body coming out with a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) but would not fix a timeline for that.

He said that an agreed text of the CCIT was before a committee of the UN.

"My expectation is that the text will see action in the near future. I am cautiously optimistic but I am not going to be giving timelines," he said, adding India has been pushing for such a document as it was a victim of the scourge for several decades now unlike the US which experienced it only on 9/11.

PTI

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