UNSC represents a bygone era, reforms mandatory: India


New York: Referring to it current structure and methods, India hit out at the UN Security Council of representing the reforms of a bygone era and also accused the 15-membered powerful world body of being ‘divorced from reality’.

“It is ironical that the Security Council is working towards the establishment of democracy and Rule of Law in various parts of the world when its own house is not in order,” said India’s Ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin. He also added that, “The current structure and methods of work of the Security Council are divorced from reality and represent a bygone era.”

The strong remarks were made by tthe Ambassador during an open debate on the purposes of the UN Security Council. The debate related to the topic ‘Respect to the Principles and Purposes of the Charter of the United Nations as Key Element for the Maintenance of International Peace and Security’ at the UN Security Council.

“We hope it does not require a cataclysmic crisis to foster this fundamental change. There has never been a greater need for reform of the Council which is a sine qua non for the optimal efficiency of the Council and would be the real form of tribute to the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations,” he said.

The UNSC is composed of 15 members, five of them permanent and 10 non-permanent elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly. The five permanent members include: China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.