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Pakistan opposes India's entry into UNSC

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New York Apr 5 (UNI) Indirectly opposing India's inclusion in the UN Security Council, Pakistan today said that it was against any increase in the number of permanent members of the Council and that enhancing non-permanent members will make the organisation more representative and equitable.

Addressing World Leaders Forum at Columbia University, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz Minister stressed that increase in the number of permanent members with veto power would not be of any help to the world and that increase of representation of the council would be more useful.

He said Pakistan has contributed positively to the proceedings of the Security council as non-member on several occasions.

Mr Aziz pointed out that during his meeting with the Secretary General United Nations Kofi Annan, he discussed various issues including UN reforms.

He said due to successful economic reforms, Pakistan will have three billion dollars investment this year, which will be the highest in the history of the country and that his government has given priority to technical training to bridge the skill gap for meeting the need of technical staff for the growing economy.

Referring to the India-Pakistan Composite Dialogue Process, Mr Aziz expressed the hope that the Kashmir issue would be resolved. Meanwhile, talking to a seven-member delegation of Kashmir American Council here yesterday he urged India to come forward to resolve the Kashmir issue. The Prime Minister said confidence building measures (CBMs) are important but there was a need to take steps to settle the Kashmir issue. He emphasised that CBMs and settlement process should move in tandem and that it was time to move from conflict management to conflict resolution for the security, peace and prosperity in the region.

He said Pakistan wanted a peaceful solution that reflected aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

UNI

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