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India presses for urgent UNSC reform and expansion


United Nations : Reiterating that reform and expansion of the UN Security Council are essential to reflect contemporary reality, India has called for pursuing early reform with renewed vigour and have it urgently enacted.

“Such an outcome will enhance the Council’s credibility and effectiveness in dealing with global issues,” India’s Permanent UN Representative Hardeep Singh Puri said Monday during the eighth round of intergovernmental negotiations on the issue.

During the recent session of UN general assembly world leaders once again highlighted the importance of the UN reform, particularly the Security Council, he noted.

Puri recalled Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh had told the general assembly, “The reform and expansion of the Security Council are essential if it is to reflect contemporary reality.”

“Change should usher in a new order. The new order has to assume responsibility,” he said.

“Once such responsibility is effectively discharged the Security Council will be taken seriously on all issues, and not merely on those in which by a conspiracy of factors unrelated to the maintenance of international peace and security some of the powerful are able to agree!” Puri said.

“We can witness more effective and efficient functioning of the Security Council if and when the Council is able to utilise the energies and resources of its most willing and most capable member-states on a permanent basis,” Puri said.

“Along with membership will have to come responsibility, along with responsibility will come the willingness of burden sharing including where the costs are beginning to pinch and hurt the permanent members,” he said.