New Delhi : UN General Assembly adopted a negotiating text by consensus for the long- pending Security Council reforms, setting the stage for talks on the issue at its 70th session beginning Tuesday,paving way for India’s aspirations of a clear through bid for a permanent seat in the revamped world body. Back home, this step has been stated as historic and is a path-breaking initiative in the times to come. It is anticipated that this decision will place the Inter- Governmental Process formally on an irreversible text-based negotiations path and will definitely bring a change in the dynamics of negotiations on UNSC reforms.
UN General Assembly President Sam Kutesa convened a meeting to take action on draft decision on ‘Question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council and related matters’. During the meeting, he also circulated letters stating position taken by key countries like Russia, US and China – the countries which refused to contribute to the negotiating text.
There was no voting on decision to continue text- based UNSC reforms in the 70th session of the General Assembly and it was adopted by consensus. The draft decision also include details as to how the powerful 15-nation body should be expanded in its permanent and non-permanent categories.
The adoption is a significant step towards beginning talks on long-pending reform process in 70th session of the Assembly on the basis of a negotiating text, a first in the last seven years of Inter-Governmental Negotiations that have been conducted so far.
Indian Ambassador to UN Asoke Mukerji said, the most important aspect of this decision is the text circulated by Kutesa in July which we have agreed will be the guiding basis for our deliberations in the 70th General Assembly session. What you have delivered today… to all 193 Member States of the United Nations, is truly historic and path- breaking on several counts he added..