UNSC: India for compromise solution on veto power
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Last Updated: Friday, July 09, 2010, 13:48
  
United Nations: Pressing for UN Security Council reforms, India has suggested a compromise solution on the tricky issue of what kind of veto power the new permanent members should hold.

The G-4 Brazil, Germany, India and Japan hold the view that the new permanent members should have the same responsibilities and obligations as the current permanent

However, the new permanent members will hold off wielding the Veto power for fifteen years after the reforms come into place.

"The new permanent members shall not exercise the right of Veto until the question of the extension of the right of Veto to new permanent members has been decided upon in the framework of the review mandated fifteen years after the entry into force of the Council reform," said Hardeep Singh Puri, India's envoy to the UN.

Speaking at the ongoing discussion on the reforms this week, Puri said that this compromise would "ensure that the veto does not veto Council reform."

At this stage only a small number of countries want the Veto to be abolished altogether but a large majority would prefer some restrictions on the use of Veto especially in under certain circumstances like genocide, crimes against humanity and serious violations of international humanitarian law; war crimes, ethnic cleansing and terrorism.

The deliberations on the Veto are part of the growing momentum to achieve concrete progress on UNSC reforms.

This year the discussion was kicked off with the chairperson of security reform process Zahir Tanin, who is also Afghanistan's permanent representative to the UN, asking member-states to submit proposals that can be worked into a negotiating text, which will be the basis for future discussions.

In 2009, member-states of the UN finally abandoned the 'Open Ended Working Group' (OEWG) that had dragged on for 15 years without yielding any substantive results.

In March last year, the old talks were replaced by the new "inter-governmental negotiations".

Speaking to a news agency earlier, Puri even expressed confidence that current negotiations will lead to tangible action in 2010 and could probably yield results in 2011.

At the same time, Pakistan is not in favour of an expansion in the permanent category.

Opponents of the expansion fear that more members will further cripple the SC, which is often divided and fails to reach effective decisions on peace and security matters.

These countries also argue that assigning more powerful countries permanent positions in the Security Council will not break the power dynamics of the past.

PTI


First Published: Friday, July 09, 2010, 13:48


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