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India is strong contender for permanent UNSC seat: Krishna

delhi Updated: Oct 13, 2010 19:54 IST
HT Correspondent

After securing a non-permanent berth in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), India is looking at ways to overcome the formidable obstacles on the road to be a permanent member at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Asserting that Indian shoulders are strong and broad enough to carry the varied responsibilities of a UNSC non-permanent member, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna stressed that the victory margin shows that India is a strong contender for a permanent seat.

The Minister was interacting with editors a day after India won 187 votes in the 192-member United Nations to become a non-permanent member for 2011-12 after a gap of 19 years.

The victory margin, and the presence of its G-4 partners, Germany and Brazil in the UNSC as well as South Africa as non-permanent members in the council have obviously bolstered India's plans for a permanent seat.

All these countries are strongly pitching for UNSC reforms and at the behest of Japan, the G-4 foreign ministers including Krishna discussed the UNSC expansion in New York on the sidelines of UN General Assembly last month.

The UNSC needs to have a contemporary look based on the realities of today's world. But we have formidable obstacles to overcome, the Minister said.

Though the text based-negotiations for the UNSC expansion have begun early this year, the permanent members are not as enthusiastic as the developing countries on the issue, making UN reforms a winding task.

Krishna hoped India as a non-permanent member can deal with all the challenging issues before the world body. When asked about how it would balance its position on the Arab-Israel conflict, Krishna said it's a much greater responsibility. Our shoulders are strong and broad. The Minister, then, recounted India voting against Iran on the International Atomic Agency (IAEA) resolutions and how later it prevailed over the Tehran leadership with its explanation.

Citing the rapport between India's permanent representative to UN, Hardeep Puri, and his Pakistan counterpart Abdullah Hussain Haroon, Krishna said that the body language at the UN showed Pakistan voted for India.

Krishna an avid tennis fan, pointed out the bonding between Puri and Haroon who watched India's Rohan Bopanna and Pakistan's Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi teaming up to reach the US Open men's doubles final last month.

And Haroon was one among the first to congratulate the Indian delegation after the victory at the elections on Tuesday.

Krishna also dismissed the reports that US President Obama is linking the UNSC reforms with the resolution of Kashmir issue. These reports are untrue. Kites are being flown, Krishna said.