India, its allies seeking permanent UNSC seats for power, not to promote world peace: Pakistan

On its part, the UfC, which is led by Italy and Pakistan, has been campaigning for a more non-permanent seats on the Council to make it more efficient and representative.

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UNITED NATIONS, Reaffirming its firm opposition to additional permanent seats in an enlarged United Nations Security Council, Pakistan told a UN panel Monday that those seeking permanent membership of the 15-nation body were doing so for power and privilege, not by the desire to promote international peace and security.

Speaking during the resumed Inter-Governmental Negotiations (IGN) aimed at reforming the Security Council, Ambassador Munir Akram said that the Uniting for Consensus (UfC) group was “not prepared” to accept the insistence by Group of Four — India, Brazil, Germany, and Japan — for the creation of additional permanent membership for individual states.

On its part, the UfC, which is led by Italy and Pakistan, has been campaigning for a more non-permanent seat on the Council to make it more efficient and representative.

The Security Council is currently composed of five permanent members — Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States — and 10 non-permanent members elected to serve for two years.

“If progress is to be made in the IGN process through such informal consultations, the essential requirement is greater flexibility in the positions of all parties – not innovations in this process,” the Pakistani envoy said, adding that the UfC has displayed the greatest flexibility and offered to modulate its position in attempts to promote consensus on the Council reform.

As regards UfC’s rationale for opposing the concept of permanent membership, Ambassador Akram said it violates the UN Charter principle of sovereign equality.

 

“Most of us were not founding members (of UN). We did not contribute to the designation of 5 permanent members in the Charter. We cannot now agree to expand this inequality by creating additional permanent members and accepting a status which is less than for sovereign state,” he added.

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