Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Furious India slams UNSC on Masood Azhar ‘technical ban’

Narada Desk | November 8, 2016 11:15 am Print
"Need one say more about the urgency of the need for reform of this relic which has long been unresponsive to the needs of our time."

In the wake of delay with “technical hold” on India’s bid to get Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Mazhood Azhar banned by the UN, India has now strongly criticized the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Security Council has been taking months to consider sanctioning leaders of groups it has itself designated as terror entities, reports said.

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN ambassador Syed Akbaruddin asserted that the Security Council is stuck in its own “time warp and politics”.

Speaking on Sunday, at a session on equitable representation and increase in the membership of the Security Council, he said, “While our collective conscience is ravaged everyday by terrorists in some region or another, the Security Council gives itself 9 months to consider whether to sanction leaders of organisations it has itself designated as terrorist entities.”

It is to be noted that China had extended the “technical hold” earlier in the year, on India’s move to get Azhar designated as a terrorist by the UN. The six-month validity of the technical hold lapsed in late September and China sought another three-month extension on India’s bid.
Akbaruddin lamented that the snail-paced and “never-ending carousel of discussions” on UNSC reforms, saying “it is time to break the impasse” to urgently reform the body that is “unresponsive” to the current global situation.

He noted that the inability to respond to humanitarian situations, in this year itself has led to terrorist threats and peacekeeping vulnerabilities, which are part of the price that is being paid for the international community’s lack of progress on the critical matter.

“On issues pivotal to international security such as Syria, there is inaction, and on other situations like dealing with the peacekeeping crisis in South Sudan we see fragmented action which is not implemented even months after being agreed upon,” Akbaruddin said.

“The Security Council, stuck in its own time warp and politics, can only be described as working randomly on the basis of a mix of ad-hocism, scrambling and political paralysis. Need one say more about the urgency of the need for reform of this relic which has long been unresponsive to the needs of our time,” he added.

Taking the issue further Akbaruddin said that the never-ending carousel of discussions on UNSC reforms leaves many in the international community perplexed as the crucial reform of the Security Council has been delayed despite both its importance and its urgency.

At last, he pointed out that the Council’s global governance structure does not cease to surprise the international community with its persistent inability to even effectively engage with the tasks at hand.

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