ussia has once again endorsed India as a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and said during Tuesday’s trilateral video-conference, the RIC group of foreign ministers comprising Russia, India and China discussed UN reforms.
India has been calling for UN reforms including one of its most influential bodies-the Security Council-stating that its composition does not reflect current realities and is not inclusive enough.
“We talked today about likely UN reforms, and India is a strong nominee to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council and we support India’s candidacy. We believe it can become a full-fledged Security Council member,” Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying by ANI.
Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar had put forward strong arguments earlier today to back India’s greater position in international organizations such as decision-making by the United Nations. He has insisted on the need for a new multilateral world order that can’t ignore the role of India.
“The UN started with 50 members, it has 193 today. Obviously, its decision-making can not continue to ignore this fact. We, the RIC nations, were important contributors to shaping the global agenda. India’s hope is that we can all agree on the importance of reformed multilateralism now,” Jaishankar said while addressing the RIC summit.
There are 15 observers and five permanent members of the Security Council — the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, and China. China is the only permanent member of the UNSC that opposes India’s accession to the powerful grouping. Every year, half of the 10 non-permanent members are elected for a two-year term starting January 1.
India was recently elected a non-permanent member for a two-year term starting 1 January 2021, following an overwhelming vote. New Delhi has declared that it will serve as one of its main goals to strengthen cooperation on counter-terrorism.
India hopes its progress at the UNSC over the next two years will reaffirm its reputation to become a permanent member of the Council. It is one of the strongest plaintiffs for the seat, together with Japan, Germany, and Brazil, forming the G-4 together — the group that is pressing for reforms in the United Nations to describe it as outdated and out of sync with changed global realities.
“Our presence on the Security Council and our performance over the next two years will highlight the value that a country like India brings to the table and reaffirm our credentials as a permanent member of the UNSC,” said Vikas Swarup, Secretary (West) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 18 June.
It will be the eighth two year term for India.
Earlier today, Jaishankar recounted India ‘s contribution to the Second World War which, he said, had not been given due recognition.
“This historic injustice has remained uncorrected for the last 75 years, even as the world has changed. Thus … it is important for the world to recognize both the contribution of India and the need to rectify the past,” Jaishankar said, adding that 2.3 million Indians had fought in the war and that another 14 million had participated in the war.