Expansion essential to make UNSC credible: India

AshwinMember of Parliament Ashwani Kumar. (PTI)

Stressing on the need for reform of the UN Security Council, India has said expansion in its membership is essential to make the world body credible and ensure continued confidence of the international community in the institution.

"Genuine reform in the working methods of the Security Council requires a comprehensive reform in the membership of the Council, with expansion in both  permanent and non-permanent categories, and not only improvement in its working procedures," Member of Parliament Ashwani Kumar said at an open debate on the 'Working Methods of the Security Council' here Tuesday.

"This is essential both for the credibility and continued confidence of the international community in this institution," Kumar said.

He said it has been India's "considered view" that reform of the Security Council in tune with the contemporary realities is an "idea whose time has come".

The Council's five permanent members must recognise both individually as well as collectively that the Council has to be reformed to make it reflect contemporary realities of the international system.

"It is self-evident that the expansion of the Security Council reflecting the contemporary geopolitical realities would improve its representative character and grant greater legitimacy and credibility to its decisions," Kumar said.

Improvement in the Security Council's working methods would also enhance the Council's effectiveness and efficiency.

"We strongly believe that real improvements in the working methods need change in both the process and approach, which require reform of the composition of the Council," Kumar said.

He stressed that the most important change required in the Council's working methods is to make them transparent and inclusive by increasing access to documentation and information and curbing the tendency to hold closed meetings that have no records.

"What is worse is the practice of taking decisions among the P-5 (permanent five) members to the exclusion of other Council members," Kumar added.

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