China evasive on Security Council reform issue
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 21:01
Beijing: China continued to be evasive over its stand on supporting the G4 nations, including India, for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council, advocating extensive consultations to reach a broad-based consensus.

Declining to specify its stand on the bid by India, Brazil, Japan and Germany for a permanent seat in an expanded Security Council, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu refused to go beyond the customary 'talks for consensus' stance.

Asked about the perception among some Chinese analysts that Beijing may not oppose India's bid for the UNSC permanent seat, but had strong reservations in backing Japan, Ma said that his country's stand was that a broad-based consensus should be reached based on consultations among member states.

"We believe that on the issue of Security Council reform, member states should fully engage in democratic extensive consultations taking into (account) the concerns of all parties and try to reach the most broadly-based consensus," he told a media briefing.

"China will as always stay in communication with all parties and work to better to make sure that the reform will help the common interest of all member states," he said.

China, itself a permanent member of the UNSC, has refused to specify whether it would back India and Japan for a permanent seat in a expanded Security Council.

All other P-5 nations -- the US, Russia, France and the UK -- have already made known their backing for India's quest for a permanent seat.

Earlier, reacting to G-4 countries statement calling for reforms to be finalised this year, Ma had in a statement on February 13 said that "serious differences" prevailed among members on the issue and called for working out a "broad based consensus".

Ma had warned that forcing "premature" reform plans will not only "undermine" the unity of UN member nations, but also harm the process.

He said that UN member nations should seek a package of solutions for the reform, on the basis of broad and democratic consultations among member nations to accommodate interests and concerns of all parties.

Though some positive progress had been made since inter-government negotiations on UNSC reform were launched, serious differences remained over certain important issues, he said.

The G-4 is an alliance among India, Brazil, Germany and Japan for the purpose of supporting each other's bids for permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council.


First Published: Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 21:01

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