The puzzle of India becoming UN security council permanent member

Washington: The important factor to India becoming a permanent member of the UN Security Council is “not to touch the veto”, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said as she identified Russia and China as the two global powers against changes in the current structure of the Security Council.

“(This reform of the UN Security Council) is much more about the veto. The permanent five (members of the Security Council) have the ability to veto. Russia, China, U.K. (United Kingdom), U.S. and France and none of them want to give that up.

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So, the key to getting India on the Security Council would have to be not to touch the veto,” Ms. Haley said at an event organised on the US Capitol by US India Friendship Council.

It is worthwhile pointing out that U.S. is open to Security Council reform and has always been responding, she said in response to a question from Swadesh Chatterjee, chair of the U.S. India Friendship Council after she delivered her keynote remarks on “The Role of Congress in Promoting US-India Cooperation on International Issues.”

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“Not really. They really can’t. Because members of the Security Council are not going to listen to the Congress on the shape of the Security Council,” she observed.

“It’s a UN issue, it’s going to require UN reform and I think, India has to go and bring together as many supporters as it can in order to really effect that change in the Security Council,” Ms. Haley said.


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India has also received support from several other multilateral groupings during the current General Assembly session in this regard, including BRICS and IBSA.

Several countries have taken up the floor of general assembly to support India’s permanent membership.