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India wants results-based timeline on UN reforms
November 22, 2013, 10:46 am

UN Security Council

Mukerji said India is deeply disappointed by “unfinished mandates” of the world body [Xinhua]

India has asked for a results-based timeline for United Nations Security Council (UNSC) reforms saying that the process to expand the powerful body cannot go on infinitely.

“The process of bringing about UNSC reforms cannot be seen to be an exercise ad infinitum. A results-based timeline is imperative, and those who ask for not imposing artificial timelines may be advised to desist from inflicting artificial delays on this process,” India’s Ambassador to the UN Asoke Kumar Mukerji said on the annual report of the UNSC at the General Assembly on Thursday.

Mukerji said India is deeply disappointed by “unfinished mandates” of the world body — early reforms of the Security Council.

Lack of long-pending reforms have meant that many regions of the world are locked out of the decision making process at the UNSC, mandated to keep international peace.

“Indeed, while all other mandates…have been fulfilled or remain work in progress, it is only this which remains ‘work without any progress’, still stuck where it was in 2005. This is an unacceptable interpretation of the words ‘early reform’ unanimously argued to by all Members of the United Nations eight years ago,” he said.

Of the nearly 90 countries that had spoken at a previous General Assembly session on UNSC reforms, 58 nations had asked for expansion in permanent and non-permanent categories of membership.

Another 26 member states had explicitly asked for concrete outcomes by 2015 while 23 delegations supported commencing text-based negotiations.

Mukerji said for a more credible, legitimate and representative body, a comprehensive reform, including expansion in permanent and non-permanent categories, and improvement in its working methods, is essential.

“I urge you to act on this collective call made by such a large number of states from this very podium. You have the full support of the overwhelming majority of this assembly to steer your own initiative towards its logical culmination and commence the inter-governmental negotiations immediately on the basis of a text,” he said.

Source: Agencies