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John Major backs India's claim to UNSC seat
November 06, 2004 14:47 IST
Former British prime minister John Major on Saturday backed India's claim to permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council.
Noting that India is poised to grow to become a major power in three decades, he said if 'economic muscle' continues to be added to the 'largest democracy', the progress can be faster.
"The world sees India as a growing opportunity. I expect it to have more role in world affairs," he said while addressing 'The Hindustan Times Leadership Initiative Conference' in New Delhi.
"Much will change in the world. In a few years, India can be a permanent member of the UN Security Council," Major said, adding, "Changes in the UN are necessary."
Pointing out that India is already dominating the knowledge-based industry, like information technology, he said it has similar potential in the field of manufacturing.
Other countries that he believed are eligible for inclusion in the UNSC are Germany, Japan and South Africa or Nigeria.
He also saw India joining the G-8 in about 20 years.
The Conservative Party leader of Britain dispelled fears of Kashmir being a nuclear flashpoint, saying the situation has become 'more hopeful' recently after India and Pakistan started the dialogue process.
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