Many United Nation members including France and the United Kingdom supported India’s call for a permanent seat in UN Security council in a recently concluded General Assembly section. More than 50 members urged for expanding the 15 member UNSC emphasising the body must reflect the emergence of new global powers.
“Many favoured bolstering representation for such emerging powers as Brazil, Germany, India and Japan. While some spotlighted the progress made in recent years through the intergovernmental negotiations on Security Council reform process, others voiced deep frustration that more had not yet been achieved,” a summary of the November 7 meeting posted UN website read. UK and France, two veto powers in UNSC strongly supported the induction of powers like India and Brazil.
UK’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said UN member nations must follow an approach in which permanent and non-permanent sections would expand. He vouched for permanent membership for Brazil, Germany, India and Japan along with permanent African representation.
Rycroft referred to UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to India last week saying she discussed “that very issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”
France’s Deputy Permanent Representative Alexis Lamek said his country supported the permanent induction of Germany, Brazil, India and Japan and increased representation from African nations. He also said the members of UNSC must refrain from misusing veto powers.
During the session, India’s Ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin severely criticised the member nations’ stand saying body is “stuck in its own time warp and po