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UK backs India's bid for UNSC membership: Brown

india Updated: Jan 17, 2007 21:43 IST

Britain strongly supports India's bid for a permanent place in an expanded UN Security Council, Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown said on Wednesday.

It is time to formally recognise on a more consistent and regular basis the reality of the emerging new world order, and the global community should focus on modernising the United Nations so that it has the right role in the modern world, "not least as an effective peacemaker and peacekeeper", Brown said.

"And let me say Britain strongly supports India's bid for a permanent place, with others, on a larger Security Council," Brown, widely tipped to succeed Tony Blair as Britain's prime minister, told the Confederation of Indian Industry's Partnership Summit 2007 in Bangalore.

Commending India for being the third largest contributor of troops for UN peacekeeping missions, he said other countries should contribute to the new and expanded role of NATO in peacekeeping and ensuring stability "in difficult parts of the world".

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