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France favours India's entry into Security Council

Suman Guha Mozumder at the United Nations | September 24, 2003 08:52 IST

France is all in favour of India's inclusion as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, President Jacques Chirac said on Tuesday at the United Nations.

"It is hard to imagine how one could exclude that country from the possibility of holding a permanent seat (at the Security Council) given its characteristics," Chirac told journalists during a press conference.

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"Some countries are natural candidates," Chirac said.

During his address to the UNGA Chirac called for a reform and expansion of the UN Security Council, saying that its membership should reflect the state of the world.

"It must be enlarged to include new permanent members, for it needs the presence of major countries," he said. "France is thinking, naturally of Germany and Japan, but also of some leading countries from Asia, Africa and Latin America," Chirac said.

The question of the expansion of the Security Council was also touched by Secretary General Kofi Annan as well as by some member states like South Africa.

Annan noted the composition of the Council has been on the agenda for over a decade and almost all states agree that it should have been enlarged. "If you want the Council's decisions to command greater respect, particularly in the developing world, you need to address the issue of its composition with greater urgency," Annan said.

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Number of User Comments: 6

Sub: Chirac

Thanks ever so much Mr Jacques. But then no thanks. Do you frankly believe the UN has any relevance or credibility whatsoever at all. The ...

Posted by GB

Sub: France's Principled Stand

It is commendable on France's part to have supported India's Candidature for Security Council Permanent Seat!!it is high time the Security Council reflected the changed ...

Posted by rags2riches

Sub: Its Monopoly!!!

i feel its very monopolistic on the part of the U.S, it will apways oppose indias inclusion as a permanent member o the security council ...

Posted by Amit Malik

Sub: President Jacques Chirac has an ethical vision regarding India !

President Jacques Chirac has been a model of consistency regarding issues of international importance. His bold statements regarding a seat for India in the SC ...

Posted by Dr. Cajetan Coelho

Sub: I cannot agree more

Well said Mr. Chirac, afterall the initiation of UN is based on the principles that you have mentioned. Modern world is incomplete without the largest ...

Posted by rajkumar



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