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UK, France push for India UN bid

world Updated: Mar 28, 2008 22:46 IST
Vijay Dutt
Vijay Dutt
Hindustan Times
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It’s unusual for India to figure in a joint declaration between France and Britain. But French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown found it natural to reiterate their support for India becoming a permanent member of the United Nations in their joint statement.

“We reaffirm the support of our two countries to the candidacies of Germany, Brazil, India and Japan for permanent membership…” the two leaders said during Sarkozy’s visit to Britain. There was a reference to India when it came to the expansion of the G8 as well, something which both Brown and Sarkozy have supported in their public statements on the issue.

“The Heiligendammn process launched under the German presidency of the G8 has framed a useful dialogue with China, India, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa. We are looking forward to the interim report to be discussed at the (Hokkaido) Toyako summit next July.

Major actors like these have to play their part to confront today’s security challenges,” the document said. On the issue of boycotting the Beijing Olympics, Sarkozy said at the joint press meet at the Emirates Stadium (of Arsenal Football club) that he would discuss the issue in the view of the reported “present situation in Tibet” with 27 EU members.