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India opposes 'selective' UN reforms
H S Rao in London | June 28, 2005 01:09 IST
Opposing 'selective' United Nations reforms, India on Monday said shortcomings of the current arrangements must be comprehensively addressed.
India said its presence as a permanent member of the Security Council would bolster the developing nations' confidence in the world body.
"Since its founding in 1945, the UN is engaged in the most intense process of introspection in its history. Sixty years down the road, if there is any unanimity of views within the UN membership, it is on the need for reform, among other things, to address the democratic deficit that exists," External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh said in London.
Singh was addressing a gathering at the Chatham House on 'India: The Next Decade'.
He said recent crises sent the warning that it was vital to truly reflect the collective will of the comity of nations.
The minister stressed that India's presence as a permanent member in the Security Council was the best means to authenticate and reinforce its representative character.
He added, "The weight of the opinion of a billion people, representing the world's largest democracy, would validate the agenda and decisions of the council in the perspective of the vast majority of developing countries."