India to work closely with Malaysia: Krishna

May 3rd, 2011 - 2:41 pm ICT by ANI  

Kuala Lumpur, May 3 (ANI): Emphasising the need for reforming UN Security Council, External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna said India will work closely with Malaysia and other UN members in taking the process to its logical conclusion quickly.

Krishna in an interview told The Star that the Security Council could reflect geopolitical realities and give voice and representation to countries from Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean.

He said over all these years, India, its G4 partners and other like-minded countries have ensured that this issue remains on top of the table in the UN.

He said the recent initiatives taken by the G4 countries has imparted a new momentum to Security Council reform.

“Their efforts resulted in the UN General Assembly’s decision in September 2008 to launch inter-governmental negotiations in its informal plenary. In December 2009, the G4 and other like-minded countries again took initiative to ensure that the negotiations were text-based to record progress made in the course of negotiations,” he added.

In inter-governmental negotiations, Krishna said seven rounds of which have taken place so far, a majority of the member states expressed support for expansion of the Security Council in the permanent and non-permanent categories and improvement of the working methods of the Council.

“Many countries have expressed support for India’s candidature for a permanent seat. As in any inter-governmental process involving important issues, the process of Security Council reform will take its time,” he added.

Stressing that India has been consistent in its support for global, non-discriminatory nuclear disarmament, Krishna said: “We remain committed to its vision and objectives. In fact, India is the only nuclear power which has supported the complete and global elimination of nuclear weapons within a time-bound framework.”

“We believe that nuclear disarmament will enhance global security and can be achieved by a step-by-step process underwritten by a universal commitment and an agreed multilateral framework for achieving global, non-discriminatory nuclear disarmament in a verifiable manner. India and Malaysia should continue to lend their support for this noble objective,” he added. (ANI)

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