Saturday, October 25, 2003

A new permanent member of the UNSC?

Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs K R Holmeshas has presented a 7 point plan for reforming the UN Security Council. Among the reforms is the suggestion that any country who "threatens its neighbours, supports terrorism and abuses the rights of its citizens " should not be allowed on the Security Council (hello Syria!). The plan also suggests that Japan should be allowed a permanent seat.

The US has proposed barring UN Security Council membership to countries that threaten their neighbours and support terrorism, a development that is expected to be widely welcomed in India.

As part of a seven-point UN reform package, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs K R Holmeshas said: "A regime that threatens its neighbours, supports terrorism and abuses the rights of its citizens should be ineligible for Security Council membership."

The proposal is bound to play well with India, which has accused Pakistan of sponsoring and supporting terrorist activity in Kashmir.

Citing Japan's contribution in world affairs, Holmeshas also proposed that Japan be made a permanent member of the Security Council.

He said Japan's budget assessment was 20,000 times greater than the lowest assessment, which was paid by over 40 nations. Yet, Japan does not have a seat on the UNSC.

"We support exploring ways to make the Security Council more truly representative. The best way to do so is to ensure that democratic countries serve on it.

Finally someone is making some sense.


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