Manmohan Singh at UN: Focus on terror, economy, reformsSeptember 22nd, 2011 - 6:12 pm ICT by IANS
United Nations, Sep 22 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will focus on global challenges like terrorism, economic slowdown and unrest in West Asia and North Africa when he comes to the UN Thursday.
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, the Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary T.K.A. Nair, National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon and Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai are part of the high-level team accompanying Manmohan.
A meeting with US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the UN meet is not on the cards, but Manmohan Singh is set to hold bilateral meetings with the presidents of Iran, South Sudan and Sri Lanka, and the prime ministers of Japan and Nepal.
Set to address the UN General Assembly Saturday morning, Manmohan Singh will also dilate on the issue of UN reforms as he speaks about the role played by India since being elected as a non-permanent member of the Security Council after a gap of 19 years.
He said in a statement in New Delhi embarking on the five-day UN trip that “our efforts at promoting international peace and security and bringing to bear a developing country perspective have, I believe, enriched the Council’s deliberations and enhanced its effectiveness”.
“The UN must be seen as an impartial, credible and effective body. I will stress the need for early reform of this unique organisation, particularly an expansion of its Security Council.”
He has also called upon all countries collectively to address the multiple global challenges, saying, “More than ever before, it is imperative for all countries to act in concert to address these challenges.”
“This is the time for UN to resume its global leadership role,” he said.
“The UN General Assembly is meeting this year at a time when the world is faced with multiple challenges. The global economy is in the midst of an economic slowdown coupled with all its attendant problems, including inflationary pressures,” the prime minister said.
“West Asia, North Africa and Gulf regions have seen major upheavals and there is uncertainty about the shape of things to come in this crucial part of the world in the period ahead. The Palestine question remains unresolved,” he said.
He also said terrorism and non-traditional threats to international security, such as piracy, were threatening states and the international political and social order and called for collective action to address all these issues.
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