India’s bid for permanent seat at UN Security Council receives support from France, UK
France and the United Kingdom have reiterated their support to India, Germany, Japan, and Brazil for the creation of new permanent seats in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
Among the five permanent members of the 15-nation Council, the US, UK, France, and Russia have supported a permanent seat for India in the UN body.
At the UNSC’s annual discussion on Security Council reform, UK Ambassador to the UN Barbara Woodward remarked that the UK also supports an extension of the non-permanent category of membership, bringing the Security Council’s overall membership to somewhere in the mid-20s.
Woodward said with these changes, the Council would be more representative of the world today. “And, coupled with a renewed commitment to the UN Charter, it would be better able to respond decisively to threats to international peace and security,” she said.
Addressing the UNSC, France’s Deputy Representative to the UN, Nathalie Broadhurst Estival said, “France endorses the candidacy of Germany, Brazil, India, and Japan as permanent members for permanent seats.”
“We also want greater representation from African countries including as permanent members of the council as many seats should be distributed to ensure geographical representation,” she added.
We must indeed take into account the emergence of new powers that are willing and able to assume the responsibility of a permanent presence in the Security Council,” Broadhurst said.
Broadhurst said that to preserve its executive and operational nature, an enlarged Council could have up to 25 members.
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