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UN reform: India to be part of debate

The debate takes place on Dec 11, reports Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: Dec 06, 2006 20:31 IST

India is participating in a debate on reform and expansion of UN Security Council to be held at the world body on December 11.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukerjee told Lok Sabha, in a written reply, that the idea is to focus on this vital issue while developing a model of UN Security Council. "So far, the progress in this direction has been satisfactory," he said.

He said the reform and expansion of UNSC were considered by the Government as central to the process of UN reform, which has been going on for some years. “This reform of the UNSC should encompass its expansion, both in permanent and non-permanent categories, as well as the improvement of its working methods,” the minister said.

The issue is been actively pursued through coordination and engagement with Brazil, Germany and Japan, also known as the G-4 group. "India is participating in the debate in the plenary of UNGA on December 11 on the issue of UNSC reform," he said.

Email Chetan Chauhan: chetan@hindustantimes.com