India Provided Balance To Permanent Members In UN Security Council: Envoy TS Tirumurti


In UN Security Council, India Provided Balance To Permanent Members: Envoy

India will once more preside over the UN Security Council in December subsequent 12 months (File)

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A rustic of the scale of India with its impartial overseas coverage has been a welcome entrant into the UN Security Council, offering “much-needed” steadiness vis-a-vis the highly effective UN physique’s 5 everlasting members and their inter-se fissures, New Delhi’s envoy to the UN mentioned forward of its Presidency of the Council in August.

India will assume the rotating Presidency of the UN Security Council on August 1, the nation’s first Presidency throughout its 2021-22 tenure as a non-permanent member of the 15-nation UN physique. India will once more preside over the Council in December subsequent 12 months, the final month of its two-year tenure.

“We are in the Security Council at a very significant juncture where we are not only grappling with the unprecedented COVID pandemic, but also dealing with fissures, both in the Security Council and outside, which need to be bridged through greater collective action rather than individual initiatives,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti instructed PTI in an unique interview.

In response to a query on how India will work to bridge variations and divisions amongst UNSC members as Council President at a time when the UN physique has been discovered to be divided on a number of points, Mr Tirumurti mentioned India has not hesitated in taking a “principled position” on all kinds of points over the past seven months of its tenure within the Security Council.

“We have also been unafraid of shouldering responsibilities,” Mr Tirumurti mentioned.

“To begin with, a country of the size of India with its independent foreign policy has been a welcome entrant into the Council. It has provided the much-needed balance vis-a-vis the P-5 (the five permanent members of the Council) and their inter-se fissures,” he mentioned.

He was referring to the veto-wielding everlasting members — China, France, Russia, the UK and the US.

He mentioned India has been “the bridge to ensure that polarisation of the Council doesn’t affect its ability to take a well-considered view.”

Mr Tirumurti cited the instance of points in India’s neighbourhood referring to, inter alia, Myanmar and Afghanistan, “where, time and again, we have stepped in to ensure that Council discussions and outcomes are focussed, forward-looking and sensitive to the situation on the ground.”

India is Chair of the Taliban Sanctions Committee and continues to play an vital position. India can be chairing the Libya Sanctions Committee at a crucial juncture of their nation, he mentioned.

In the case of Africa, India has all the time been delicate to African priorities and the wants of the African international locations, he mentioned including that that is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 10 guiding rules on Africa.

“We are convinced that African countries under sanctions need to be assisted to come out of it rather than be burdened with unrealistic benchmarks and expectations from the Permanent Members,” Mr Tirumurti said, emphasising that this is why India had abstained on the UNSC resolution on South Sudan.

In late May, the Council renewed the arms embargo, travel ban and assets freeze imposed on South Sudan for another year till May 31, 2022.

The Council also extended the mandate of the panel of experts tasked with helping to oversee those measures for 13 months. India and Kenya had abstained on the resolution while the other 13 UNSC members voted in favour.

Mr Tirumurti said similarly, in the Middle East, India has leveraged its strong and historical links to convey its views on Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq.

He underlined that developing countries, particularly small states in Africa, have been disproportionately affected in the recent past and terrorism has only increased and not decreased during this period.

The Security Council itself has come under criticism for not playing its role, mainly because of differences among the P-5, he said.

“Consequently, we’ve got been a voice for better engagement amongst numerous member states within the Security Council, a bridge between differing views and coherent and compelling voice for the creating world at a time when they’re dealing with battle and COVID-19,” he said.

“India, throughout final 7 months, has been a robust voice, inter alia, for combating terrorism, strengthening peacekeeping and furthering peace processes,” Tirumurti mentioned.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by India07 workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)


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