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Tharoor calls for expansion of UN security council

Former Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor underlined the need for an early expansion of the powerful UNSC, saying global institutions like the UN need to open up to the present day geo-political reality.



Mumbai: Former Minister of State for External
Affairs Shashi Tharoor today underlined the need for an early
expansion of the powerful UNSC, saying global institutions
like the UN need to open up to the present day geo-political
reality.

Delivering the 16th Lalit Doshi memorial lecture,
Tharoor, a former UN diplomat, said in the last 60 years, the
strength of UN Security Council has expanded from 11 members
out of 51 countries to just 15 members out of 192.

"Large part of the world is unrepresented and unheard.
Europe which account for 5 per cent of the world population
has 33 per cent of the seats. There is a clear need to expand
the Security council," he said, adding the General Assembly
also needs to be strengthened.

He also advocated the need to bring about reforms in
global financial institutions because "presently they reflect
the reality of a vanished era".

Tharoor stressed the need to bring about parity between
developed countries and developing countries. "Developing
countries should be given a voice in overseeing global
governance," he said.

According to him, India has a role to play in global
governance.

Tharoor felt that foreign policy is about fulfilling
domestic objectives. "Terrorism is a tragic blight of our time
which could be minimised if economic opportunities are given
to the youth since the fertile recruiting ground is unemployed
young men," he added.

PTI

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