The US Permanent Representative to the UN, Samantha Power, on Friday expressed the US government’s support for India’s bid to become a permanent member at a reformed UN Security Council.
Power, who is visiting India, met top officials in the government and said she favours increased consultations between peacekeeper troop-contributing countries and the UNSC. The UN is going to take a call on the renewal of the mandate of some of the peacekeepers.
Reiterating support for India’s quest to enter the elite club, Power said, “Let me affirm that we support a reformed UN Security Council that includes India as a permanent member.”
Besides, she said, the US strongly advocates efforts to institute periodic assessment of troops deployment in peacekeeping missions.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at the Summit on Peace Operations in September, raised concerns that troop-contributing countries to the missions have no role in decision-making.
Power said, “My team has already started calling meetings of leading contributor countries well in advance of mandate renewals of certain peacekeeping missions. But this cannot substitute for improved consultations between the Security Council and contributing countries, which the United States will enthusiastically welcome.”
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