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India should have rightful place in UNSC: Antony

delhi Updated: Feb 04, 2009 13:03 IST

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Pitching for "non-discriminatory" international norms and institutions, India on Tuesday made a strong case for its "rightful place" in the UN Security Council to enable it to make significant contribution to global security as a major stake-holder and responsible power.

Defence Minister AK Antony said India is engaged in a major diplomatic effort to construct a new security order in Asia and beyond through bilateral and multilateral engagements.

"India is committed to build strong, non-discriminatory international norms and institutions, so as to strengthen world peace and stability," he said addressing the 11th Asian Security Conference in New Delhi.

Antony did not refer to any specific international institution but was apparently referring to global bodies like UN which New Delhi maintains need reform to represent contemporary realities.

"India hopes to gain its rightful place in the UN Security Council and make significant contribution to global security as a major stake-holder and responsible power," he said.

Antony said India has resolved to work with the international community on global and universal nuclear disarmament and institutions that have legitimacy and enhance security of all states.

Referring to India-specific waiver granted by the Nuclear Supplier's Group (NSG) in September last year, he said it had put aside a major road-block in India's role and future development.

"For four decades, India had been subjected to an unfair and discriminatory international nuclear regime that has been brought to an end.