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Modi’s India All Set to Become a Non-Permanent Member in the UNSC – 55 Asia-Pacific Countries Unanimously Support India

Author : Odisha Today Bureau | Posted on: 2019-06-26

In a major diplomatic win, 55 countries of the Asia-Pacific group at the United Nations unanimously backed India’s candidature for a non-permanent seat of the Security Council for a two-year term in 2021-2022.

 

Elections for five non-permanent members of the 15-nation Council will be held around June next year.

 

The announcement of the massive support was made on Wednesday morning by Syed Akbaruddin, India's permanent representative at the UN. "A unanimous step. Asia-Pacific Group @UN unanimously endorses India’s candidature for a non-permanent seat of the Security Council for a two-year term in 2021/22.  Thanks to all 55 members for their support," he tweeted.

 

In the tweet, he shared a video showing the flag of the countries which have endorsed India including Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Fiji, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan and Pakistan among others. In the tweet, he further thanked the countries for their support to India at the UNSC.

 

Each year the 193-member General Assembly elects five non-permanent members for a two-year term at the UN high-table. The five permanent members of the Council are China, France, Russia, UK and the US.

 



India has been a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council on seven occasions in the past several decades. The country's latest bid for membership was made at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meet held in Kyrgyzstan earlier this month.

 

Previously, India has been elected as a non-permanent member of the Council for the years 19501951, 19671968, 19721973, 19771978, 19841985, 19911992 and most recently in 20112012 under the leadership of former Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri.

 

India's last non-permanent membership at the UNSC was in 2011 and 2012 after it secured 187 of 190 valid votes at the United Nations General Assembly.

 

For the past several years, India has been campaigning for the expansion of the Security Council in both permanent and non-permanent categories.

 

India's former Permanent Representative to the UN Asoke Kumar Mukerji had previously said that the country will contest the elections for a non-permanent member seat of the Security Council for the term 2021-2022.



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