UNSC reform must to make it effective: India

Last Updated: Friday, February 24, 2012 - 19:17

United Nations: Seeking a more democratic
and representative UN Security Council, India has said the
permanent membership of the top body needs to be expanded to
make it effective and insisted that the G-4 proposal for the
reform is not divisive or zero sum in nature as being seen by
some States.

With inter-governmental negotiations currently underway
on UNSC reforms, it said that there is "for the first time, an
opportunity to take this process forward and to ensure that
the Council becomes more democratic, effective, representative
and legitimate."

Addressing the 8th Round of the negotiations on the
`question of equitable representation on and increase in the
membership of the Security Council`, India`s Permanent
Representative to the UN, Hardeep Singh Puri, said the central
core of the Council, namely the composition of the existing
permanent membership, has to be reformed to achieve an
effective Council.

"Leaving the core of the Council intact is tantamount to
leaving the legacy of 65 years ago to prevail in the 21st
century."

Puri said a "short resolution" introduced by the G-4
countries -- India, Brazil, Germany and Japan -- focuses on
two aspects of the Security Council reform, namely the
expansion in membership should be in both categories,
permanent and non-permanent, and that the working methods of
the Council should be improved.

"We, those who want expansion in both categories, the
demandeurs of expansion in both categories, have been accused
of being divisive. So much so that one of my distinguished
colleagues from the UfC (United for Consensus group) accused
us of diplomatic harassment," Puri said during this week`s
negotiations.

PTI



First Published: Friday, February 24, 2012 - 19:17

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