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India With G-4 Serves Ultimatum On UN Security Council Reforms

United Nations: India, together with Brazil, Germany and Japan, has served an ultimatum that the supporters of Safety Council reforms might be pressured to search for different methods to maneuver the method ahead if the UN’s Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) for reform continues to be “held hostage” by these opposing change.

Because the Normal Meeting rolled over on Monday the deadlocked IGN course of to the subsequent session that begins later this month, India’s Deputy Everlasting Consultant Nagaraj Naidu issued the warning in a letter to Meeting President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande written on behalf of the G-4, the group of 4 international locations that mutually assist one another for a everlasting seat on a reformed Council.

He wrote, “There is a need to ensure that the IGN process is not held hostage, procedurally and substantially, by those who do not wish to bring about reform in the Security Council.”

“If this happens, and there are indications that this is already happening, those who demand reforms will be forced to look for other ways to finally make progress, including potentially outside the IGN process,” he added.

The letter didn’t determine the international locations hiding behind the “smokescreen” of procedures within the IGN to carry the method hostage.

They’re a bunch of 12 international locations that decision themselves Uniting for Consensus (UfC) led by Italy and consists of Pakistan. The group’s agenda is to forestall including everlasting members to the Council.

For greater than a decade the group has blocked the adoption of a negotiating textual content on which to base the discussions by insisting that there needs to be a consensus on reforms earlier than the textual content may be adopted. Consequently, the IGN course of has not been capable of maintain significant negotiations.

“In the last decade or more of IGN meetings (since 2009), there has been practically no progress,” Nagaraj wrote, due to the rivalry that “rules of procedure, allegedly, should not apply, due to the supposed ‘informal nature’ of the discussion.”

“There has been no effort to capture the discussions in a single consolidated text for negotiations, which should be the essential task for any facilitator of any UN negotiations,” he added.

The formal resolution to rollover the negotiations was adopted on Monday utilizing the silence process of voting underneath which resolutions and selections are declared accredited by the Meeting if nobody voices an opposition inside a timeframe after the Meeting president’s announcement.

The process is being adopted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has stopped in-person Meeting conferences the place voting may be held within the conventional method.

The letter on behalf of the G-Four and a separate one written alongside the identical traces by India had been to not be construed as “breaking the silence,” which might be a vote towards the choice.

One of many avenues for bypassing the IGN is initiating the method to amend the UN Constitution underneath its Article 108, which requires a two-thirds majority of UN members together with all of the everlasting Council members.

Whereas it might be potential to muster a two-thirds majority, the hurdle can be getting all of the everlasting members to agree.

The US, Britain and France assist India’s everlasting membership whereas Russia is lukewarm in its backing and China is towards it.

The US is prone to oppose potential African nations for everlasting membership.

The IGN course of was arrange to make sure that there can be consensus or close to unanimity to give you constitution modification for reforming the Council that might additionally decide what number of extra non-permanent members are to be added and the train of veto powers.

The IGN course of had a late begin within the present session with the appointment of the IGN cochairs, Lana Nusseibeh of the United Arab Emirates and Joanna Wronecka of Poland, solely in December.

It held two conferences with the cochairs declaring in Could that no additional classes had been potential due to the COVID-19 disaster that shut down the UN.

The G-Four letter additionally mentioned that the rollover resolution didn’t mirror the progress made in a single space referring to the broad assist that African nations obtained for his or her demand for reforms.

Naidu expanded on this in his letter on behalf of India and cited the “rising chorus of support from the members for the Common African Position” on reforms.

The African place mirrored in two paperwork, the 2005 Ezulwini Consensus and the Sirte Declaration, adopted by the African Union calls for 2 everlasting and 5 non-permanent seats on the Council for the continent.

The Nonaligned Motion and the L.69 group of nations urgent for reform, in addition to G-Four and the African group, have made a powerful case for the African place and this isn’t mirrored within the rollover resolution, Naidu wrote.

“It is only correct that the growing support expressed for the Common African Position in the two meetings of the IGN earlier this year are captured in the body of the roll-over decision,” Naidu wrote.

“Otherwise we will be in danger of endorsing an incorrect perspective of this year’s work and give an impression that nothing has transpired,” he added.

The emphasis on the assist for the African place by a broad part of the UN members exposes the UfC and the others who would block the reforms at the price of the African nations which have a vicious historical past of colonialism.

In his letter on behalf of India, Naidu quoted Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres, who mentioned in July concerning the Council and different organisations, “The nations that came out on top on top more than seven decades ago have refused to contemplate the reforms needed to change power relations in international institutions.”

(IANS)

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