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Germany supports India's bid for permanent membership of UNSC

delhi Updated: Sep 13, 2011 15:01 IST

Pitching for reforms of the UN Security Council to ensure it reflects geo-political realities, Germay on Tuesday said it was committed to supporting India's bid for a permanent membership in the world body.

German ambassador to India Thomas Matussek said both India and Germany are committed to supporting each other in their bid for a permanent membership in the Security Council of which both are non-permanent members now.

Matuseek was speaking after unveiling Delhi Buddy Bear, a symbol of cultural exchange, at the German embassy in New Delhi as part of year-long celebrations to mark 60 years of establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

The buddy bear, designed by a student of the Delhi College of Art, symbolises openness, tolerance and friendship among countries in the world and it will welcome visitors to the Embassy, he said.

On Germany's stand on the UNSC reforms, the ambassador said, "We are part of G-4 along with Brazil, India and Japan.

The current Security Council reflects the geo-political realities of World War II. It does not reflect the current scenario."

"We feel that the Security Council, in its composition, should reflect the geo-political realities of the 21st century," he said.

On India's bid for a permanent membership in UNSC, he said Germany was committed to supporting India in this regard.

He parried a question on the status of the MMRCA tender for which Eurofighter Typhoon, built by four nations, including Germany, has been short-listed.

"It has been kept confidential and kept in the right channels. I will refrain from making any public announcements," he said.

Matussek said India and Germany should explore opportunities in areas like energy, transport and vocational training.

The celebrations to mark 60 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries will kick off on September 23 here with a concert Infinite Rhythms by Sivamani and Christoph Haberer of Germany.

The celebrations through the year will showcase the entire spectrum of Indo-German collaboration in the fields of politics, business, culture, education, science and research.

The first Buddy Bear was made by two German entrepreneurs in collaboration with sculptor Roman Strobl in 2001 and it communicates "friendship, optimism and a positive atmosphere."

Annie Kumari, the art student who designed the Buddy Bear, said it was a "dream project" for her and she had a "wonderful time" while working.

"Everything I asked for was right there. The experience was really amazing and I had a wonderful time while working on this project. I learnt a lot," she said.