October 13, 2012

Advani makes strong case for UNSC reform



Friday, 12 October 2012 22:05
Yoshita Singh | United Nations
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Senior BJP leader LK Advani has made a strong case for reform of the UN Security Council, emphasising that it should be expanded to include nations willing to share responsibility of combating global threats like terrorism and piracy and help in maintaining security.

Advani stressed on the need for addressing the deficit in global governance, noting that the 15-nation Council with a "structure and a set of governing norms that harkens back to the realities of the late 1940s" is an "anachronism".

"A reformed Council must include countries that are willing to bear additional burdens relating to the maintenance of international peace and security and be able to sustain worldwide campaigns against new and emerging global threats including terrorism and piracy," Advani told a session on 'Revitalisation of the work of the General Assembly' here.

He on Thursday said the Security Council needs to be expanded in both the permanent and non-permanent categories in order to make it reflective of current geopolitical realities.

Given the political upheaval in West Asia and North Africa and financial crisis, he said that global responses to these most challenging socio-political and economic crises of the last 50 years cannot be "patchy and half-hearted."

"The process should begin here at the UN and must be guided by a sense of urgency," said Advani, who is leading a group of visiting Indian Parliamentarians here to attend sessions of the UN General Assembly.     PTI

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