IBSA to intensify cooperation to achieve UNSC reform

The IBSA (India, Brazil and South Africa) group said it will intensify cooperation to achieve a "decisive" conclusion of the reform of the UN Security Council by next year, including expansion in its permanent and non-permanent categories to better reflect present day realities and to make it more representative.

New York: The IBSA (India, Brazil and South Africa) group said it will intensify cooperation to achieve a "decisive" conclusion of the reform of the UN Security Council by next year, including expansion in its permanent and non-permanent categories to better reflect present day realities and to make it more representative.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, her Brazilian counterpart Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado and South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane met here on September 25 on the sidelines of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The ministers underscored the urgent need for a comprehensive reform of the global institutions of political and economic governance.

They stressed that the UN Security Council must be enlarged in both permanent and non-permanent categories in order to better reflect present day realities and to make it more representative, legitimate, efficient and effective.

"Noting that the year 2015 is the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and the 10th year following the collective mandate of the Leaders at the 2005 World Summit calling for an early reform of the UN Security Council, the Ministers agreed to intensify their cooperation for a decisive conclusion next year on reforming the Security Council with the addition of new permanent and non-permanent members.

"They expressed full support for each other's candidature for a permanent seat in a reformed UN Security Council," a joint communique issued after the IBSA meeting said.

On terrorism, the three nations termed it as a grave challenge to international peace and security.

They called for a comprehensive and determined international action including strengthening of international normative regime through the early conclusion and adoption of the draft Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism to address the menace.

The group reaffirmed that the UN has a central role in coordinating international action against terrorism and urged the international community for concrete and coordinated response to fight the scourge.

It further said that inclusive political processes are the best way to address internal conflicts against the backdrop of the current security situation in parts of the Middle East and Africa. 

The IBSA bloc expressed grave concern at the loss of a large number of civilian lives and extensive damage to infrastructure in Gaza.

Welcoming the long-term Egypt-mediated ceasefire in Gaza, the bloc expressed hope that it would lead to an immediate resumption of talks between Israelis and Palestinians based on international law and relevant United Nations Resolutions with the final aim of an independent, viable and contiguous Palestinian State based on the 1967 borders and living side by side in security and peace with Israel and all its neighbours.

They pledged their continued developmental support to Palestine bilaterally as well as through IBSA Fund.

The group pledged a million dollars for the reconstruction of medical center Atta Habib in Gaza.

Expressing deep concern at the grave situation in Iraq, the ministers conveyed strong support to the Iraqi people and their new government in their efforts to overcome the crisis, uphold national sovereignty and preserve territorial integrity and also urged the regional and global players to support Iraq in its efforts towards national reconciliation.

On Syria, the IBSA group called upon all parties to the conflict to abjure violence to enable a conducive environment for an inclusive Syrian-led political dialogue leading to a comprehensive political solution, taking into account the legitimate aspirations of the people of Syria.

The Ministers voiced serious concern over the threats to peace and security in the African Continent.

They expressed grave concern about the impact of the Ebola outbreak in West African countries.

"Coordination among various stakeholders and partners including the UN agencies, especially the WHO, national governments, regional organizations, private sector and NGOs that have direct presence on the ground will go a long way in reaching the assistance to the needy quickly," the joint comunique said.

The 8th meeting of Trilateral Commission will held in South Africa at a mutually agreed date.

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