Britain backs India's UNSC bid for permanent seat

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  1. Vikramaditya

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    SEOUL: Britain today extended its support to India in its campaign for becoming a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, a move that comes close on the heels of a US backing.

    The support came at a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his British counterpart David Cameron at a meeting here on the margins of the G-20 summit.

    External Affairs ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash, briefing reporters on the meeting, recalled that Britain had earlier supported India's case for non-permanent membership of the UNSC.

    The Prime Minister and Cameron had been meeting regularly even before the latter's state visit to India recently.

    The two had met in Toronto in June after his election as Prime Minister of Britain and in 2006 when he had come to New Delhi after his election as leader of the opposition.

    The spokesman said the two countries shared a strategic partnership from 2004 which was converted into an enhanced partnership during Cameron's visit in July.

    UK has been India's major trading partner with trade at USD 11 billion and British investment in India placed at USD 6 billion.

    Britain is the fourth largest investor in India. The India-UK CEO's forum, co-chaired by Ratan Tata and Peter Sands, Chairman of the Standard Chartered Bank, has been activated and it formed the bed rock of the bilateral economic relationship.

    The Prime Minister also met Prime Minister of Ethiopia Meles Zanawi and Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

    Zenawi was appreciative of the excellent support India gave in the area of hi-tech programme as New Delhi proposed to set up a vocational training institute in Ethiopia.

    He also spoke of India's development partnership with Africa which is a model that can be followed elsewhere.

    The two leaders spoke about the first India-Africa summit that was held in Delhi in 2008 and the second summit that is to be held in Africa next year.

    The venue and dates are yet to be decided. The Ethiopian Prime Minister invited Singh to visit his country which he accepted.

    Ethiopia and India has a long shared relationship and Addis Ababa has been supportive of India's quest for permanent membership of the UNSC. Recently it backed India in the voting for the non-permanent membership of the UNSC and the reforms of the UN.

    At the meeting, it was conveyed to the Ethiopian Prime Minister that the EXIM bank of India has decided to set up its representative office in Addis Ababa.

    It was also agreed that India would consider Ethiopia's request to help in the construction of a railway line between Addis Ababa and Djiboti.

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  3. Tshering22

    Tshering22 Sikkimese Saber Senior Member

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    Well, well well.... So now out of P-5 we have:

    1) UK
    2) Russia
    3) France
    4) USA

    Supporting our entry with China being under pressure.. even though it tactically avoids the question. So when exactly are we getting in?
     
  4. mayfair

    mayfair Elite Member Elite Member

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    I think we can safely assume that China will do all in its power to impede our attempts to join the UN security council as a permanent member, plus Germany and Japan who have waited many more years for a place too may have something to say about it.
     
  5. Rage

    Rage DFI TEAM Stars and Ambassadors

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    Looks like we're 'pushing hard' for a P 5 seat next year:


    India firms up plans to push for UNSC seat

    India is firming up plans to push hard for a permanent seat in the expanded United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The move comes after the US backed its bid in an unexpected diplomatic victory during President Barack Obama’s visit to India. External Affairs Minister SM Krishna is planning a weeklong trip to Africa early next year to garner wider support from the countries in that continent.

    The African Union countries have a slightly different position on UNSC expansion from that of G-4 (India, Germany, Japan and Brazil).

    Unlike G-4, AU roots for a veto for new UNSC members from the very beginning. While G-4 envisages two new members from Africa in the UNSC, the grouping wants three. New Delhi is readying to reach out to individual countries in Africa with greater vigour.

    New Delhi is also hoping that the India-Russia-China foreign ministers’ meet would come up with positive signs on UN reforms as well as India’s bid for a permanent seat. While the stated position of the Chinese is that it “understands” India’s desire for a permanent seat, Russia said it would support India if there is a two-third majority in the UN for a UNSC expansion.

    The external affairs ministry has also convened a meeting of officials, including India’s permanent representative to UN Hardeep Puri, next week to discuss this. The sources said all such issues, including the need for more human resources to the divisions handling them, will be taken up at the meet.

    Before the Obama visit, foreign secretary Nirupama Rao had written to all the division heads as well as missions urging them to coordinate efforts on UNSC reforms and India’s bid for a permanent seat.

    Obama’s supportive words were an unexpected shot in the arm for India’s bid for a permanent seat.


    http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-firms-up-plans-to-push-for-UNSC-seat/H1-Article1-625943.aspx
     
  6. Rage

    Rage DFI TEAM Stars and Ambassadors

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    Well, atleast they're making the right sounds:


    India destined to have a place in UNSC: Pranab

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    Fri Oct 08 2010, 09:10 hrs

    Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has expressed hopes that India will get a permanent place in the UN Security Council whenever the reforms of the international body and its expansion take place.

    "So far as the Security Council Permanent Membership is concerned, I do hope as and when the expanded Security Council along with the general reforms of the United Nations takes place India's claim for being the permanent member of the UNSC would be considered and accepted," Mukherjee said.

    The Finance Minister yesterday said this while responding to a question on India's chances in the expanded Security Council at the Woodrow Wilson Centre.

    India's chance to get a permanent seat at the UN Security Council has brightened recently with the US too extending its support for the move, even though it is yet to officially endorse it.

    Early this month here, India's National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon had said things are moving in the right direction for the country to get a permanent seat at the UN Security Council.

    "I think the world's view has evolved, as far as I can see we are heading in the right direction. As far as we are concerned in terms of distance or the gap of the world's attitude towards the UN Security Council reform and what we consider the desirable outcome that gap has steadily narrowed," Menon said in response to a question.

    "And now there is meaningful negotiations going on in the United Nations itself on not just Security Council reform but the reform of the UN itself. That's the real prospects. How the US chooses to do this, when the US chooses to do this, it is for the US to decide. We have made our views known, I do not think, we are shy in a way, they (the US) know what we expect," he said.

    Earlier this week, India has rebutted a media report that Washington has linked UN Security Council permanent seat with finding a solution for the Kashmir imbroglio.

    On Wednesday, The Times of India had reported that Obama would be carrying the message on his visit to India that settling the Kashmir issue is the key to get a permanent seat at the powerful wing of the world body.

    Dismissing such reports, official sources said that India was eminently qualified to become a UNSC permanent member and there was no possible link with the Kashmir issue.

    "There cannot be any possible links. These are very different issues," Indian official sources and termed these as speculative reports.

    In New York, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao recently said that while the US is not fully sold on the idea of India becoming a permanent member of the UN Security Council, there has been positive movement in that direction.


    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/india-destined-to-have-a-place-in-unsc-pranab/694376/2
     
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    ^^ Don't agree as we're not there yet. Better it would be to form strong ties with already strong friends and make them favour you for vetoing stuff that doesn't favour us. Maybe in another 10-15 years we might get there.
     
  8. no smoking

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    China has never opposed india's entry. The target of China's opposition is--JAPAN.
     
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    well if we could reduce poverty in next 10 years then our chances to become permanent membership also increases
     
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    KRISHNA MEETS YANG - India pushes security council case with China

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  11. Yusuf

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    China was not poverty free when it got the seat. They were plain lucky.
     
  12. niharjhatn

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    Yup, and if there are any nations impeding India's entry need to realise that the UNSC seat will help stabilize some of the security issues with India and perhaps let the government focus more on such domestic issues
     
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    UAE to ]support India's UNSC bid


    India's relations with the UAE touched a new high this year after the Emirates came out in strong support for New Delhi's quest for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council. The pledge came during the maiden visit of President Pratibha Patil to the Emirates, home to 1.75 million Indians.


    The visit came at a time when UAE has emerged as India's largest trading partner in terms of total trade exchange in the first half of 2010, with USD 43 billion bilateral trade, and oil imports by India accounting for USD five billion. Indian and UAE trade exchange has multiplied 13 times over the past 10 years with non oil sectors slowly gaining a predominant share.
    President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan stated that UAE would certainly support India, which had the right to be a permanent member of a reformed UN Security Council.

    The two sides also agreed on regional security as an area of enhanced cooperation and to address issues relating to counter terrorism and maritime security. India has invited UAE's Interior Minister to New Delhi for the signing an agreement on the issue.

    India and the UAE agreed to enhance the strategic relationship by focusing on areas such as education, science and technology, regional security and many other areas where there is a potential for cooperation. India and the UAE politically share common perceptions on major international issues which became more evident during the visit of the President, said M K Lokesh, India's ambassador to the UAE.

    During her visit, President Patil also launched a 24 hour helpline and counselling service dedicated to help Indian workers in distress in the UAE.

    A striking display of India's growing soft power footprint in the Gulf region was the launch, on May 24 this year, of the international version of CBSE curriculum in Dubai. Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal had described the CBSE as an "internationally benchmarked curriculum" with 30 Indian schools in nine countries using it from the current academic year. The curriculum's global format is aimed at attracting schools catering to the large expatriate Indian population as well as non Indian students planning to pursue higher studies in India.

    Meanwhile, the fate of 17 Indians sentenced to death for killing a Pakistani man in January, 2009 is to be decided by a Sharjah appeals court on December 30.
     

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