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Russia, China, India summit calls for UN reforms

world Updated: Nov 16, 2010 00:14 IST
Reshma Patil
Reshma Patil
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China and Russia on Monday underscored the need for democratic UN reforms and said they looked forward to ‘deepening cooperation with India within the UN Security Council’.

The joint statement of India, China and Russia was issued as New Delhi pushed for Chinese support to its bid for a permanent UNSC seat, during two days of trilateral talks on regional and global issues between the foreign ministers SM Krishna, Yang Jiechi and Sergei Lavrov.

“The ministers reiterated the need for a comprehensive reform of the United Nations to make it more democratic, representative and efficient so that it can deal with today’s global challenges more effectively,” said the statement. It said that the ministers of China and Russia appreciated India’s role in international affairs and welcomed India’s election to the UNSC as a non-permanent member for 2011-12.

The statement did not mention India’s candidature for a permanent seat. But it is significant in the context of Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to India next month and China’s recent willingness for dialogue on the issue. China is the only member of the permanent five UNSC members that has not endorsed India’s bid.

On Monday, Xinhua quoted Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi telling his Indian counterpart SM Krishna that the Sino-India relationship has ‘global influence and strategic significance.’ The report made no reference to contentious issues they discussed in Wuhan.

“China is willing to strengthen cooperation with India and Russia in various mechanisms for a peaceful, stable, growing and prosperous Asia Pacific,” Yang said.

The three nations also agreed to coordinate joint counter-terrorism efforts, and emphasised the need for international cooperation to prevent attacks and prosecute terrorists. They called on UN member states to adopt the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism. They also agreed to coordinate strategy on regional issues including Afghanistan and Iran, energy security, agriculture and health care.