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Russia does not see compromise over new permanent UNSC members

Russia has said it does not foresee "a historic compromise" being reached in the near future on admitting new permanent members in the UN Security Council, an assessment that does not bode well for India's bid for a permanent seat in a reformed Council.



United Nations: Russia has said it does not foresee "a historic compromise" being reached in the near future on admitting new permanent members in the UN Security Council, an assessment that does not bode well for India's bid for a permanent seat in a reformed Council.

"On the Security Council reform, the negotiation has been there for a long time. We want a historic compromise to be reached between the two main camps - those who want to have new permanent members and those who don't want new permanent members," Russia's Permanent Representative and President of the Security Council for the month of September Vitaly Churkin told reporters during a briefing here yesterday.

Churkin said those who do not want new permanent members advocate a new category under an intermediate option of having countries that will be elected for a longer period of time than the current two years for non-permanent members.

"At this point I do not see that historic compromise any way near," Churkin said.
Churkin's statement runs counter to India's quest of achieving UNSC reforms without any further delay.

India feels that the 70th anniversary of the UN, being commemorated this year, is an appropriate milestone to propel the reform process, which should be completed within the next one year.

India has maintained that the process to expand the powerful UN body "cannot be seen to be an exercise ad infinitum" and a results-based timeline is crucial to achieve a concrete outcome.
While Russia has supported India's candidacy as?a permanent member, it along with the US and China had not contributed to a negotiating text circulated by UN General Assembly President Sam Kutesa that will form the basis for negotiations on UNSC reforms and expansion.

Russia, a permanent member of the UNSC, had said in its letter to Kutesa that the "prerogatives of the current Permanent Members of the Security Council, including the use of the veto, should remain intact under any variant of the Council reform.

"The intergovernmental negotiations on the UN Security Council reform should proceed in a calm, transparent and inclusive atmosphere free from artificial deadlines.

"If a consensus on this issue is not possible to achieve, then in any case it will be politically necessary to secure the support by the overwhelming majority of the Member States - a substantially greater number than the legally required two thirds of votes at the General Assembly," Russia had said.

Russia had said that it is prepared to consider the so-called 'intermediate solution', provided that this option enjoys the widest possible consent at the UN.

 

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