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‘US won’t commit on UNSC’

world Updated: Oct 22, 2010 23:25 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times
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There never was any commitment by the US to back India’s UNSC bid, but there was much hope in New Delhi that President Barack Obama might just surprise everyone. It’s not going to happen.

There might be some encouraging remarks taking the US closer to an endorsement, said people familiar with preparatory talks, but it it will fall way short of an endorsement. “It won’t be the real thing. What he says will be less than crystal clear,” said Tereista Schaeffer, leading a discussion on the President’s trip to India.

“It will be perhaps a little less murky than the present talking points.”

Schaeffer is a respected South Asia expert at the Centre of Strategic International Studies and is credited with insights that are not often at much variance with the administration.

India has been very keen on gaining a permament seat at the UN Security Council — not just the temporary seat it won recently — and lobbying with countries.

While the US recognises India’s desire, it is not yet ready to give its case a shoulder. The UNSC expanasion will happen only as part of a larger reforms at the world body. htc