‘India’s claim for permanent membership of UNSC is legitimate’

There is growing support for the demand for reforms of the global governance institutions starting with the UNSC,said PM Manmohan Singh.

Written by Agencies | On Board Pm’s Aircraft | Published:July 11, 2009 10:35 am

There is growing support for the demand for reforms of the global governance institutions and that it should start with reform of the UN Security Council,Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday.

He said there is also a growing support for the view that the Security Council membership should be enlarged both in the permanent category members as well as in the non-category members in which India has a rightful claim to be a member.

Winding up his four-day visit to Italy,where he attended the summit of G-8,G-5 leaders,he told reporters accompanying him on his trip to Italy said countries like India have a legitimate claim to be considered for permanent membership of the Council.

But,he said,international relations in the final sense were power relations. “And nobody gives up power willingly. Those who have the power want to hold on so I don’t think an easy solution is in sight. It will have to be a long drawn out struggle and I do believe that we have every reason to feel that in the long run our views will prevail.”

Singh said there was today growing support at the international structures and systems which were put in place soon after the end of the World War II that they were not reflective of the current realities of the global structures and global equation.

There is a growing support for the view that the Security Council membership should be enlarged both in the permanent category as well as in the non-permanent category members.

And countries like India have a legitimate claim to be considered for permanent membership of the Council. Referring to the discussion in the G-8,G-5 Summit meetings on global issues like Climate Change and sustainable development and the elimination of hunger through food security,Sing said on trade,the dangers of protectionism were highlighted.

Replying to a question he said,“India had a strong interest in the success of the multilateral trade negotiations.” Not being a member of any regional grouping,he said India favoured a rule-based,liberal multilateral trading system to realise development ambitions.

India,he said,had an obligation to contribute to the success of the Doha Round of trade negotiations. He hoped the world would recognise that the Doha started with the promise of making development the centrepiece of global trade negotiations.

“If those commitments are honoured,I don’t think there would be problems in reaching the satisfactory outcome of the Doha round.”

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