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Permanent UNSC seat next on agenda

delhi Updated: Oct 13, 2010 23:59 IST
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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 becoming a permanent member.

Asserting that Indian shoulders are strong enough to carry the varied responsibilities of a UNSC non-permanent member, External Affairs Minister S.M. 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 UN to become a non-permanent member for 2011-12 — after a gap of 19 years.

The victory margin, the presence of its G-4 partners, Germany and Brazil in the UNSC and South Africa as non-permanent member 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,” he said.

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

Krishna hopes India as a non-permanent member can deal with all challenging issues.

On how India will balance its position on the Arab-Israel conflict? He said, “It’s a much greater responsibility. Our shoulders are strong and broad”.

He, 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 the “body language” at the UN showed Pakistan voted for India.