Pak attacks India’s quest for permanent seat in UNSC

Pak attacks India’s quest  for permanent seat in UNSC
Maleeha Lodhi (File)
United Nations, Jan 31 (IANS) | Publish Date: 1/31/2019 11:59:19 AM IST

Pakistan has launched a strong attack on India’s quest for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council blaming it as the “primary stumbling block” for reforms.

Intervening in the discussions on Council reforms on Wednesday, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi did not mention India by name but she criticized its suggestion to look for alternatives if the current negotiating process doesn’t make progress.

India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin had said on Tuesday, “If despite our best efforts, credible progress evades us once again, then we should not shy away from reviewing how we engage on this very important issue.”

“We need to look at creative pathways to forge ahead,” he added at the meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) on Council reforms.

Lodhi said, “We heard an assertion that given the perceived lack of progress in the IGN, it may be time to review the entire process with a view to pronounce on its fate.

“Those calling for a review of the IGN process, should instead review their own positions because the quest by some to gain permanent seats for themselves remains the primary stumbling block and this was clearly evident from our discussions, yesterday,” she said.

India, Brazil, Germany and Japan are pursuing permanent seats for themselves, while African and Arab nations want representation in the ranks of permanent members.

After having already spoken at the IGN meeting on Tuesday, Lodhi took the floor again to make pointed attacks on India - as well as others sharing New Delhi’s positions on the reforms and the process for it.

She said: “As for the point raised by one distinguished colleague, none of the examples and landmark documents he cited involved an amendment of the UN Charter. That’s the fundamental difference between this IGN and other processes.”

“Any procedural manoeuvers are not only self-inhibiting, they are also counter-productive,” she added.

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