UNSC permanent seat for India next yr: Sarkozy

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday said a reformed UNSC with India as a permanent member should come about next year itself.

Mumbai: French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday said a reformed UNSC with India as a permanent member should come about next year itself and once at the high table, it will need to commit more troops for UN-mandated missions to "defend peace".

Calling the 35-year-long "standstill" over reforming
the UN Security Council as "audacious", Sarkozy, a votary of
India`s bid for a permanent seat, said a reformed UNSC could
be in place in 2011 itself.

"It is time in 2011, not even in 2012," the French
President said during an address to business leaders at the
iconic Hotel Taj Mahal here on Tuesday.

Sarkozy said changing the global high table "is not a
matter of choice" and added, "If you (India) demand it, no one
can resist".

Sarkozy, who while backing India`s quest for the UNSC
permanent membership had earlier said that a rising power with
a population of over 1 billion cannot be kept away from the
global high table, also reminded India of the increased
responsibilities that would come its way.

"You will have to send troops beyond your borders to
defend peace," he said, adding, this definitely comes at a
cost as precious lives can be lost.

"We (France) have also lost lives, it is painful...
that is the price you pay (for being a big power)," he said in
his 30-minute extempore address.

"You will have to shoulder responsibilities and we
will help you doing so," Sarkozy said.

PTI

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