India and other G-4 nations have called for transparency in negotiations on UN Security Council reform, underlining that countries and groups making proposals, specifically on veto and regional representation, should be named in the documents framed for the discussions.
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin, delivering a statement on behalf of the G-4 countries, said that at the informal meeting on intergovernmental negotiations on Security Council reform several proposals listed in the papers circulated for discussion are without any attribution of who made the suggestions.
He said there is a need for utmost clarity and openness specifically in the sections of veto and regional representation.
“Currently, we see several unattributed propositions. Serious proposals made with genuine intent are not orphans without support. Or is it that those who have initially suggested these no longer desire to be associated with them. If that is so, we need to know. If not, we should not be selective in attributing,” he said.
He also asked why countries and groups making a certain proposal are not named.
“Why are some the children of a lesser God? What possible harm can come if we reflect the names of countries/groups proposing a certain position? Can’t all aspire to being equally treated?,” Akbaruddin said, adding “attribution is not a luxury. It is a necessity”.
He expressed hope that the co-chairs of the process will treat all proposals pending consideration on par, calling for the need to “embrace and implement transparency”.
Japan, India, Brazil and Germany – commonly known as G-4 – are seeking expansion of the permanent and non-permanent seats of the Security Council. They support each other’s bids for permanent seats on the UN Security Council.
(With inputs from Agencies)