China, which has blocked India’s efforts to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has called for the development of a “package deal” acceptable to all UN members to reform the top global governing body.
The reform should reflect the leadership of UN member states, adhere to extensive democratic consultations and gradually reach consensus to find a “package solution” acceptable to all parties, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday.
Wang spoke via video link with Joanna Wronecka and Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, co-chair of the Intergovernmental Negotiation (IGN) on UN Security Council reform at the UN’s 75th session during his meeting on reforms in the powerful UN body -General Assembly.
Wronecka and Al Thani are also permanent representatives of Poland and Qatar to the United Nations.
India, Germany, Brazil and Japan, who formed the G4 bloc to push for their admission as permanent members of the Security Council, called for a “decisive push” for the lengthy reforms of the UN body.
Last year, the meeting of G4 foreign ministers, which included Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, at the 75th session of the United Nations called for a decisive push for reforms of the United Nations Security Council. They unanimously called for text-based negotiations within a set time frame.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said in its response to G4 ministers’ appeal last year that there are “enormous divisions” and that there is no consensus among UN members.
During his meeting with Wronecka and Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, Wang said that Security Council reform addressed the future development of the United Nations and the vital interests of its member states.
The reform should reflect fairness and justice, increase the representation and voice of developing countries, enable more small and medium-sized countries to participate in Security Council decision-making and correct historical injustices against Africa.
He also stressed that reform must be carried out in a stable and orderly manner and must effectively protect the unity of member states and the reputation of the United Nations, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
India pioneered Security Council reform for decades, saying a structure established in 1945 did not reflect current realities of the 21st century and was ill equipped to deal with current challenges.
China is part of the Permanent Five (P5) of the United Nations Security Council, and veto power has been blocking India’s efforts to become a member of the powerful United Nations body for years, indicating a lack of consensus despite the other four, US, UK, France and Russia, have expressed support for New Delhi’s membership.
Beijing’s all-weather ally Pakistan is also against India becoming a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
In his campaign policy document last year, US President Joe Biden affirmed his promise to support India as a permanent member of the UN Security Council.
India is calling for six additional permanent seats – two each for Africa and Asia, one for Latin America and the Caribbean and one for the Western Europe group and others, and an increase in the number of non-permanent seats.
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