India has slammed Pakistan for making “irrelevant and irresponsible” remarks in the UN, saying the General Assembly was a forum for serious debate, not frivolous allegations.
India’s permanent representative to the UN ambassador TS Tirumurti said this on 16 November while speaking in the UN general assembly on ‘question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the security council’.
Pakistan’s ambassador to the UN Munir Akram had, in his speech, made references to the Line of Control as he voiced opposition to India’s UNSC membership.
“I do not wish to waste the time of this assembly by responding to the irrelevant and irresponsible remarks made by the representative of Pakistan, which becomes ‘Pavlovian’ whenever India is mentioned,” the Indian envoy said, referring to Islamabad’s automatic or predictable reactions in the past.
“This is a forum for serious debate, not frivolous allegations,” Tirumurti said.
At present, the UNSC comprises five permanent members and 10 non-permanent member countries which are elected for a two-year term by the general assembly of the United Nations. The five permanent members are Russia, the UK, China, France and the United States and these countries can veto any substantive resolution.
There has been growing demand to increase the number of permanent members to reflect the contemporary global reality. India, Brazil, South Africa, Germany and Japan are strong contenders for permanent membership of the UNSC which has the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.
UNSC has become an impaired organ: India
ndia at the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) said that the Security Council had become an “impaired organ” as it is “unable to act with credibility essentially due to its unrepresentative nature”.
“Today’s Security Council is an impaired organ. It has been unable to act with credibility essentially due to its unrepresentative nature. But then, what is happening inside the IGN process, which we seem to be wedded to?” he said.
Tirumurti said that there is no mention of the words ‘instil new life in the discussions’ on the reform of the UN Security Council in the letter of the PGA (President of the General Assembly) which gives the mandate given to the co-facilitators. “I hope we have not started distancing ourselves from the UN declaration even before the ink is dry,” he said.