India seeks 'genuine reform' in UNSC

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London, Sep 2: Considering the 'genuine reform' in the UN Security Council as essential, India has included six new permanent members having veto power and four additional non-permanent members in the G4 proposal.

Addressing the informal meeting of the UN General Assembly on Security Council reforms, the Indian Ambassador to the UN, Hardeep Singh Puri said, "We remain convinced that this is the optimum expansion that meets both the tests of representativeness and manageability."

"New permanent members would have the same rights and responsibilities as existing permanent members, including that of the veto. Nevertheless, recognising the complexity of the issue, the G-4 proposal offered to defer its utilisation until a review is undertaken," he said.

"Looking back at the first two rounds, two messages emerged loud and clear, first, that an overwhelming majority of member states believe that the status quo is untenable, in response to which genuine reform of the UN Security Council is essential," Puri added.

"Second, substantive reform requires an expansion in both permanent and non-permanent categories of membership, and significant improvement of the Security Council's working methods," Puri said.

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