UNSC reform: India supports "text-based" negotiations

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.

PTI



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

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