Pakistan continues to oppose India’s bid for UN seat

Photo of Pakistan's Ambassador to UN, Maleeha Lodhi.

New York: Pakistan keeps on continuing to oppose India’s bid for the permanent membership to the United Nation Security Council.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to UN, Maleeha Lodhi, while speaking at the UN General Assembly today blamed the lack of any progress in the long running negotiations to restructure the UN Security Council on a “handful of countries”-in clear position to India, Brazil, Germany and Japan who, she said, have remained inflexible in their push for permanent seats on the 15 member body.

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She quoted saying to the Associate Press of Pakistan, “this selfish pursuit of national ambition is the real reason that has prevented us from making the Security Council more democratic, accountable, transparent and effective.”

The current permanent of the United Nations Security Council is composed of five countries which are Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States and apart from this there are 10 non-permanent members that are elected in group of five to two year terms.

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She cleared that Pakistan remains firmly opposed to the creation of new permanent seats on the Security Council.

Full-scale negotiations to reform the Security Council began in the General Assembly in February 2009 on five key areas-the categories of membership, the question of veto, regional representation, size of an enlarged Security Council, and working methods of the council and its relationship with the General Assembly.

Despite a general agreement on enlarging the Council, as part of the UN reform process, member states remain sharply divided over the details.

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Pakistan is a leader in the Uniting for Consensus group, stands for creating a new category of members – not permanent members-with longer duration and a possibility to get re-elected.

India, Brazil, Germany and Japan, known as the “Group of Four”, which have been campaigning for expanding the Council by 10 seats, with 6 additional permanent and four non-permanent members.

Lodhi said Pakistan supported the Council’s expansion in the elected of non-permanent member category, on the basis of fair geographic sharing and a system of fair rotation.

More elected members would enhance regional symbol and ownership, adding legitimacy to the Council.

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