India cornered at UN on Security Council reform


UNITED NATIONS, May 4 (APP): India found itself in the dock at a
resumed meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) on Security Council reform when Pakistan and other delegates demanded some rationale  for its bid — along with Brazil, Germany and Japan — for permanent membership of the 15-member body, but it failed to come up with a response, according to informed sources.

In contrast with the previous meetings of the IGN process in which
delegates mainly read out position papers, Monday’s closed-door session was interactive in nature.

After India’s UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, speaking on behalf the
Group of Four, called for Security Council’s expansion in the permanent category, delegates posed a barrage of questions mainly seeking the criteria for eligibility of new permanent members if they were to be elected. Obviously it seemed that the G-4 has no agreed criteria.