United Nations, September 1
The intergovernmental negotiations on Security Council reform are being “held hostage” and used as a “convenient smokescreen” by nations that don’t want to see any adjustments in probably the most highly effective UN organ, India has mentioned, demanding tangible motion to attain the long-delayed reforms. India additionally underlined that it’ll take steps to see how the objective could be realised within the subsequent session of the UN General Assembly.
India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Okay Nagaraj Naidu, on Monday wrote a letter to President of the 74th Session of the General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, expressing New Delhi’s robust disappointment over the choice concerning roll-over of the intergovernmental negotiations (IGN) on UNSC reforms into the following session of the General Assembly that begins this month.
India has maintained that the roll-over resolution should “capture clearly” the tangible progress made within the two IGN conferences held earlier this 12 months. India underscored that one of many areas wherein clear progress was made throughout the 12 months was the rising help amongst member states for the Common African Position in addition to for the pressing want for transparency and software of the General Assembly’s guidelines of process to the IGN.
Naidu expressed India’s disappointment that the present draft roll-over textual content “has fallen well short of capturing the progress” within the two IGN conferences held this 12 months, notably within the areas of the rising help for the Common African Position and different essential points.
“However, strangely enough, instead of reflecting the views of ‘pro-Reformists’ like India and others, by putting a draft roll-over decision in this fashion, it is actually providing the ‘pro-Reformists’ with a Hobson’s choice. This is indeed unfortunate,” he mentioned.
“In effect, after more than a decade, there has been no tangible progress at all. In fact, the IGN process has become a convenient smokescreen to hide behind for those who do not wish to see any reform in the Security Council,” Naidu wrote.
“Consequently, there is a need to ensure that the IGN process is not held hostage, procedurally and substantially, by those who do not wish to bring about reform in the Security Council. If this happens, and there are indications that this is already happening, those who demand reform will be forced to look for other ways to achieve the same end outside the IGN process,” he mentioned within the letter. — PTI