UNSC reform: India supports "text-based" negotiations
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 18:05
United Nations: India has said the common goal of "genuine reform" of the UN Security Council will not be achieved by "tinkering with the margins" as this could render the world body's top organ "irrelevant".

"Tinkering with the margins will not lead us to our common goal of genuine reform. This has been tried in the past, without success," Hardeep Singh Puri, the Indian envoy to the UN, said at a meeting convened to discuss Security Council reforms.

Noting that in 1963 review only led to the enlargement of the non-permanent membership from 6 to 10, Puri asked, "Do we seriously believe, 27 years later, that a similar tinkering will help restore the credibility of the UNSC and achieve genuine reform?"

"It is crucial that we all come together to ensure that this key organ of the UN, and indeed the UN at large, does not become irrelevant because it could not adapt to the times," he said at the first meeting of UNSC this year.

Noting that UN Security Council is at the "cusp of a possible decisive phase" in its reform process, Puri underlined the need for "a document that can be the basis for negotiations."

"In this first meeting in a new decade, there is a palpable sense that we are at the cusp of a possible decisive phase in the reform process," Puri said. India is pushing for an early reform of the 15-member UNSC, seeking a permanent seat in the top organ of the world body.


First Published: Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 18:05

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