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Pak can’t give lessons on democracy: India
Published on 30 Sep. 2010 12:27 AM IST
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Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna Wednesday said Pakistan had no right to lecture India on democracy and human rights, and urged it to bridge the trust deficit by taking action against terrorists operating from its soil.
"Pakistan cannot impart lessons to us on democracy and human rights," Krishna said in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly here Wednesday.
He noted that Pakistan must fulfill its commitment to not allow its territory to be used against India.
"If, however, Pakistan were to live up to its commitment not to allow use of its soil by terrorists acting against India, this would significantly help reduce the trust deficit that impedes the development of better bilateral relations between our two countries. We are neighbours, and as neighbours, we have an obligation to work together," Krishna said.
He said that India had shared the international community's "deep rooted concerns about the growth and consolidation of militancy and terrorism in Pakistan", especially as Kashmir is the "target of such Pakistan-sponsored militancy and terrorism".
The minister expressed his sadness at the loss of life and property in the unprecedented floods in Pakistan, for which India had donated $25 million. "As a neighbour, we wished to provide succour and relief in a timely manner to the victims of this natural disaster," he said.
Meanwhile, India Wednesday called for the early conclusion of negotiations for the reform of the United Nations Security Council, stating that there was "clear support" among majority of nations for expansion in both permanent and non-permanent seats.
"In the inter-governmental negotiations on the issue of Security Council reform, an overwhelming majority of the membership expressed clear support for expansion in both the permanent and the non-permanent categories of the Council along with an improvement of its working methods," Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly.
He stresses that it was "imperative that we take these negotiations to an early and logical conclusion". Krishna pointed out that though issues related to developing nations are taken up by the security council, but their voice in the council "on decisions relating to international peace and security is barely audible".
"Despite the agenda of the Council being seized of conflicts in Africa, yet there is no permanent member from Africa in the Security Council," he said.
India, along with Brazil, Germany and Japan, has been lobbying for the expansion of the United Nations Security Council, especially in the permanent category.

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