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UNSC reforms in the works, to get boost within a week

world Updated: Jan 26, 2011 23:01 IST
Anirudh Bhattacharyya
Anirudh Bhattacharyya
Hindustan Times
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The process of reform of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) could get a boost with the panel working on the issue likely to deliver a document outlining the contours of reform within a week.

This was conveyed by the chairman of the panel for intergovernment negotiations on Security Council Reforms, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Zahir Tanin, to representatives of the G-4 nations who met him this week.

The G-4 comprises India, Brazil, Japan and Germany and is the driving force behind expansion of the UNSC. Officials who are in favour of a quick resolution of the long-overdue reform process pointed out that the early delivery of the shortened text-based negotiating document meant that the process was “on target.” In fact, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Hardeep Puri, in earlier interviews, has maintained that such reforms could be achieved by the end of 2011. India has returned as a non-permanent member of the UNSC this year after a gap of 18 years but tenure ends at the end of 2012.

The previous document that had been before the panel had included a slew of proposals and ended up at an unwieldy 31 pages. The document is expected to be far more precise in terms of recommendations and likely to be just three pages long.

Among the critical issues it will address are those of expansion of the Council, the possible number of members in a larger UNSC and the issue of the veto, currently only wielded by the five permanent members of the Council, the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia and China.