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India (still) wants a bigger Security Council

For those of you still keeping tabs on the twenty-year saga that is Security Council reform, here’s the latest from the Indian press: Minister of state for foreign affairs Preneet Kaur reiterated on Wednesday that India wants United Nations’ Security Council (UNSC) membership expanded from the current 15 states to 25. India in collaboration with ...

For those of you still keeping tabs on the twenty-year saga that is Security Council reform, here’s the latest from the Indian press:

Minister of state for foreign affairs Preneet Kaur reiterated on Wednesday that India wants United Nations’ Security Council (UNSC) membership expanded from the current 15 states to 25. India in collaboration with Brazil, Japan and Germany – together known as the G-4 – has proposed expansion of the UNSC membership from 15 to 25, with the addition of six permanent and four non-permanent members. [snip]

The government has been actively seeking support from all UN member states for India’s candidature for permanent membership in an expanded UNSC. As a result of these efforts, Kaur said, there has been a steady increase of support for India’s candidature. Both India and the US are actively involved in the ongoing negotiations on SC reform in the UN and seek an expansion in both permanent and non-permanent categories of the Council’s membership.

The Indian officials quoted betray no awareness that India’s performance on the Council in the last year may have considerably dampened American enthusiasm for having them there full-time (although, as I’ve argued before, the U.S. position on Council expansion isn’t all-important; getting broad support for a plan in the General Assembly is the key task now for India and other aspirants).

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