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India: UNSC expansion imperative
Dharam Shourie | October 26, 2005 12:25 IST
Stressing the need for redistribution of economic and political power at the United Nations keeping current realities in view, India has said the expansion of the Security Council was imperative to empower developing countries so as to overcome their marginalization.
"India will continue to work with like-minded countries to reach the broadest possible agreement for an expansion of permanent and non permanent categories, to respect deadlines, and to bring the reforms process to an early and successful conclusion," its representative Mohsina Kidwai said on Tuesday.
Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, she stressed the need for an early adoption of comprehensive convention on international terrorism.
Speaking on the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals which seek to end or substantially reduce several social and economic ills, Kidwai called on the rich countries to increase development assistance to the developing nations to enable them meet the targets.
Welcoming the debt cancellation of highly indebted nations, Kidwai stressed on the need for "sharply" increasing the official development assistance in keeping with Monterrey consensus.
"It is essential to ensure that the commitments to provide additional resources are implemented without delay," she said.
She expressed confidence that the implementation of the agreements contained in the Outcome Document adopted at the world leaders' summit in September would lead to more favourable international economic environment that would be more responsive to the developmental efforts.
However, she said, it should be ensured that fundamental objective of rapid economic growth of developing countries especially with regard to poverty reduction and creating employment is not obscured.