Press Esc to close
Wednesday 20 September 2017
News updated at 12:05 AM IST

India's UNSC term set to end, confident of returning soon

United Nations, Dec 21, 2012 (PTI) 16:38 IST
The end of 2012 will see India complete an eventful two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, leaving the high-table of the world body with confidence of returning "very" soon having established its credentials as a dominant global power.

India joined the 15-nation Council in January, 2011, after a gap of 19 years, winning an overwhelmingly high number of votes, which its Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri described as a "resounding endorsement" from the international community.

India served as President of the Council in August 2011, and November this year and was also Chair of the Counter Terrorism Committee.

It introduced "zero tolerance" towards terrorism in the UN lexicon during its term. It also presided over the Security Council Committee concerning Somalia and Eritrea sanctions.

From being embroiled in a bitter war of words with Pakistan, which also sits on the Security Council as a non-permanent member, on the issue of Kashmir to unveiling the low cost Aakash tablet at the world body amid a controversy over its made-in-China components, India's year at the UN was eventful and closely watched.

Sources in the Indian mission here have voiced concern that "hurdles" are being placed in the 193-member Assembly for Security Council reform but added that India hopes to come back to the Council "very very quickly."

Puri also expressed confidence that it will not be long before India returns to the Council.
"When India joined the Council last year, I had made an assessment that we have no intention to leave the Council. We have every intention to stay on. This can be done in two ways -- seek re-election quickly and through Security Council reform. We will do both," Puri said.

"Once you have been able to demonstrate that you have the wherewithal to be a Council member, you must make sure that you are on the Council," he said.

"India did not behave like a country which came on the Council after 19 years. It behaved as if it belongs to the Council," he added.

During its tenure, India made a strong push for expansion in permanent and non-permanent categories of the Security Council "to make it reflect contemporary realities", saying that the Security Council in its present structure "serves no one's purpose."

India has proposed that an expanded Council should have a total of 25-26 members.
Puri asserted that India has demonstrated through its "maturity and constructive contribution" that it rightly deserves a permanent seat at the Council and offers a promise that it will not take another 19 years for India to return to the Council.

"The struggle for Security Council expansion is uphill but this peak can be scaled and will be scaled," he told PTI.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters

Rohingya refugees pose for a picture in a camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh...

Rohingya refugees pose for a picture in a camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh...

Commandos of the Quick Reaction Team (QRT) demonstrate during the 4th Maharashtra Police Commando...

Commandos of the Quick Reaction Team (QRT) demonstrate during the 4th Maharashtra Police Commando...

Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar being produced in a court in Thane, Mumbai...

Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar being produced in a court in Thane, Mumbai...

Michael Aaron Nii Nortey Oquaye, High Commissioner-designate of Ghana, presenting his credentials...

Michael Aaron Nii Nortey Oquaye, High Commissioner-designate of Ghana, presenting his credentials...

Congress workers protesting against the Modi Government over fuel price hike, in Mumbai...

Congress workers protesting against the Modi Government over fuel price hike, in Mumbai...

Security forces personnel inspect the site of a solar plant that was allegedly blown up by the...

Security forces personnel inspect the site of a solar plant that was allegedly blown up by the...

This Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, GOES East satellite image provided by NASA taken at 23:15 UTC, shows...

This Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, GOES East satellite image provided by NASA taken at 23:15 UTC, shows...

Devotees perform traditional Hindu ritual of 'tarpan' on the banks of River Ganga near the Howrah...

Devotees perform traditional Hindu ritual of 'tarpan' on the banks of River Ganga near the Howrah...

A top view during the unveiling of a kilometer long street 'Alpona' (sacred art painting) to...

A top view during the unveiling of a kilometer long street 'Alpona' (sacred art painting) to...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.