U.K., France back UNSC permanent seat for India

India’s bid for a permanent seat in a reformed United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has received a strong support from many member states of the world body, including the United Kingdom and France, which emphasised that the U.N.’s top unit must reflect the emergence of new global powers.

More than 50 speakers shared their suggestions, perspectives and concerns over reform of the 15-nation UNSC during a General Assembly session here last week.

Ditto with Brazil, Germany, Japan

“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 on the U.N. website said.

Among the large number of nations supporting a permanent seat for India and other emerging powers like Brazil and Germany were two veto-wielding permanent members of the Council — the United Kingdom and France.

U.K.’s Permanent Representative to the U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said at the session that Britain believed in a modest expansion in the permanent and non-permanent categories. The increase in membership should be such that it balanced representation with effectiveness.

Mr. Rycroft reiterated his country’s support for permanent seats for Brazil, Germany, India and Japan, alongside permanent African representation.

May discussed it with Modi

Referring to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to India last week, her first bilateral trip outside Europe since taking office, Mr. Rycroft said she discussed “that very issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”

“Our support is steadfast, and I look forward to working through all available avenues to reach the more representative and more effective Council that we seek,” he said.

France’s Deputy Permanent Representative Alexis Lamek said his country wished to see the Council reflect the emergence of new world powers, for which it supported the candidacies of Germany, Brazil, India and Japan and the increased representation of African countries in both the permanent and non-permanent membership.

‘No veto for mass atrocities’

The five permanent members should also refrain from using the veto in cases of mass atrocities, a commitment that France had already made, Mr. Lamek said.

German ambassador to the U.N. Harald Braun, speaking on behalf of the G4 Group of Brazil, India, Japan and Germany, said Council reform was an urgent matter, saying the Council must be rendered fit-for-purpose in order to face the current global challenges of peace and security. He added that all regions must be adequately represented to ensure legitimacy and effectiveness.

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