New Delhi: With New Delhi poised to get a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council, India Tuesday raised the bar further by pitching for a permanent seat and underlined that permanent members were coming in the way of fuller reforms in the international body.
"India has always laid stress on reforms of the UN. There is an overwhelming consensus in favour of reforms of the UN Security Council," External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said in an interaction with visiting African journalists here.
"But entrenched powers are not as enthusiastic as developing countries," Krishna said, conveying the widely-held perception that permanent members were not keen on expanding the council.
"Our effort has been to impress upon the permanent members the necessity and urgency of reforms to make the UN truly representative," Krishna said.
"The present UN does not reflect contemporary realities of the world situation. We are in the first decade of the 21st century," he said.
"We have joined hands to hasten reforms of the UN," he said while alluding to meetings he had with foreign ministers of IBSA (India, Brazil and South Africa) countries and with other G4 countries, including Japan and Germany, to accelerate the reform of the council.
India is set to get elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2011-12 in a vote of the UN General Assembly in New York later Tuesday after a gap of 19 years.