India once again pitches for UNSC expansion

SansadTV Bureau

FILE photo of India’s permanent representative to the UN Asoke Mukerji

For the second time in a row, India has firmly expressed dissatisfaction over the functioning of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Speaking at a General Assembly plenary meeting on Friday, India’s permanent representative to the UN Asoke Mukerji termed the world body’s functioning ‘ineffective” and said it is imposing a severe cost on the lives of people across the world.

“Why have more than 60 million people become the victims of this crisis? Why is the world seeing so many refugees from crisis situations? We in the General Assembly do not receive any answers to this question. Nor, for that matter, does the general public. The consequence is a severe erosion of the credibility of the Council itself,” Asoke Mukerji said.

Earlier, at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in October, India had expressed dismay at the “opaque” manner in which the Security Council mandates peace operations.

Referring to the council’s failure to fight terrorism and use peacekeeping as a tool to secure peace, Mr. Mukerji criticised the Council’s response to the threat posed by terrorism, especially in Africa and Asia, saying it has been “less than robust.”

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN termed the annual report of UNSC “opaque and unaccountable” and called it a “half-way house” at the meeting that was discussing the report.

FILE photo of India’s permanent representative to the UN Asoke Mukerji with UN Chief Ban Ki-moon

FILE photo of India’s permanent representative to the UN Asoke Mukerji with UN Chief Ban Ki-moon

He further added that global body’s annual report does not provide an answer to why the primary UN organ, responsible for maintaining international peace and security, has allowed the world to “slide further down the road to violence and conflict.”

“Going by its report, the Council seems unable to comprehend the nature of the socio-economic challenges faced by developing countries due to the breakdown of international peace and security, especially now when we are on the cusp of implementing Agenda 2030 adopted unanimously with the goal of eradicating poverty within a generation” Asoke Mukerji said.

He also blamed the top UN organ for not being inclusive and urged the expansion of permanent members to the council.

“For the past 70 years, only one developing country is represented as a permanent member in the Council, while our total membership in this Assembly is more than 134. We call for the urgent expansion of the Council,” he said.

Accusing the UNSC of not being open about the Council’s sanctions against terrorism in the annual report, Mr. Mukerji said “despite all its exhortations and resolutions, the report is silent on what actually the Council has done in terms of acting to meet this threat”.

(With inputs from the Agencies)