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US unveils criteria for UNSC seat aspirants

T V Parasuram in Washington DC
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September 13, 2005 19:07 IST

Raising hopes for India, the United States has unveiled a set of criteria, including economic size, population, track record on non-proliferation and counter-terrorism, for countries aspiring for a seat on an expanded United Nations Security Council.

The State Department came out with its vision of UNSC reforms on Monday, saying 'potential members must be supremely well-qualified, based on factors such as commitment to democracy and human rights, economic size, population, military capacity, financial contributions to the UN and record on counter-terrorism and non-proliferation'.

While the overall 'geographic balance' of the Council is a consideration, effectiveness remains the benchmark for any reform, the State Department said.

"The United States is prepared to help lead the effort to strengthen and reform the UN. What follows are key issues the US has identified as priorities, as we work with the UN and other member states towards the goal of a strong, effective and accountable organisation," it said.

Management, budget and administrative and management reform are necessary to ensure that member states receive the greatest benefit from resources and that UN personnel are held to the highest standard of ethical conduct and accountability.

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