‘UNSC veto issue needs to be addressed carefully’

Last Updated: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 15:30

United Nations: Emphasising that the cost of
exercising a veto at the UNSC is rising tremendously with each passing day, India has said a comprehensive reform of the
world body`s power centre will be incomplete if the issue of veto is not addressed in all its aspects.

In the last 67 years, the veto has been used 267 times,
India`s Permanent Representative Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri
said here yesterday, participating in the eighth round of
intergovernmental negotiations on the question of equitable
representation and increase in the UN Security Council
membership.

He said the cost of exercising a veto at the UN Security
Council is rising tremendously with each passing day.
"We firmly believe that reform of the Security Council will be incomplete if the issue of the veto, in all its aspects, is not properly addressed," Puri said.
He said UN members have been hearing the provenance and
historical justifications for the veto.

The general refrain of the five permanent members has
been the linkage with the world war and "to the victors belong
the spoils, that permanent membership was not acquired from a
lottery."

The 2005 position of G4 countries -- Brazil, Germany,
India, and Japan -- states that all new permanent members will
have the same responsibilities and obligations as the current
permanent members, Puri noted.
He said that the veto has often been used for matters
which have nothing to do with the maintenance of international
peace and security. Instead they have been used on many
occasions to block the applications for UN membership by new
states.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 15:30

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