Pakistan slams India, others for demanding permanent UNSC membership

Published: February 7, 2017

Pakistan’s Permanent representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi told the UN on Tuesday that the campaign by a group of countries for permanent seats on the Security Council defies the 21st century principle of achieving democratic representation through periodic elections.

Lodhi, without naming the countries, was referring to the group of four — India, Brazil, Germany and Japan – who have been demanding permanent membership of the 15-member body for the past 20 years.

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“In the 21st century it is inconceivable to establish or run an institution, national or international, which does not embrace the fundamental principles of representation and accountability with periodic elections and fixed term and rotation…”, the ambassador said in remarks at the long-running Intergovernmental Negotiations aimed at expanding the Security Council to make it more representative.

“But here we are gridlocked in reforming the Security Council because some among us want a status that defies the basic norms of democratic representation and accountability,” the Pakistani envoy said, while asking the G-4 to be flexible in their demand for permanent seats.

Despite a general agreement on enlarging the council, as part of the UN reform process, member states remain sharply divided over the details.

Pakistan, a leader in the Uniting for Consensus (UfC) group, stands for creating a new category of members — not permanent members — with longer duration and a possibility to get re-elected once.

But the “Group of Four” have been campaigning for enlarging the council by 10 seats, with six additional permanent and four non-permanent members.

Lodhi said there was no disagreement over the demand that the council should “reflect the realities of the 21st century” to enhance its legitimacy. “But then some use this disingenuously as an argument to further their self-proclaimed candidacies for permanent seats based on contentious criteria for qualification,” she added.

The ambassador went on to say, “Their claim however does not stand the test of accuracy because many states compete with them and even surpass them in all such criteria,” adding that the criteria they lay out for permanent seats was exactly the same as provided in the UN Charter for the non-permanent members. “So, if the criteria is the same, why the difference in character and responsibility?”

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The UfC, she said, has twice revised its proposal in a genuine spirit of compromise to find a solution that works for all. “Had there been flexibility in the unjustified demand for permanent seats, many member states would already have played a positive role in the Security Council.”

Lodhi added that Africa’s demand for permanent seats was different from the individual pursuit by a few countries because it was a consensus demand on behalf of a region. “Perhaps African countries have suffered the most by the deadlock created by those harbouring a false sense of entitlement,” she said.

“We believe the African demand can best be addressed in a just, equitable and pragmatic manner through the compromise solution offered by the UfC,” the envoy said.

The IGN process opened on Monday and will continue on Tuesday with the Ambassadors of Tunisia and Romania having been appointed as co-faciliatators of the process by the president of the General Assembly.

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  • Khem Thakur
    Feb 7, 2017 - 2:59PM

    Look who is talking about “principles of representation and accountability”? A country where army runs parallel government alongside civilian and most of the civilian governments could not complete their constitutional tenures due to military coup since 1947.

    Since India has been pushing for her inclusion in security council, that’s the sole reason Pakistan’s opposition not G-4 as stated above.Recommend

  • Arshad
    Feb 7, 2017 - 3:32PM

    India is perhaps the only country in the world which has defied UN resolutions. It would be the last country to eligible for membership of UNSC. Moreover, its chief Mr. Modi is responsible for massacre of Muslims in Gujarat state for which he was banned entry into USA at one time. How can a leader and his country can be eligible for the august position?Recommend

  • fahim
    Feb 7, 2017 - 4:17PM

    UNSC members should vote to provide toilets in India, open toilets are threat to 1 billion people as rape culture is increasing. Recommend

  • Faisal
    Feb 7, 2017 - 4:47PM

    @Khem Thakur:
    It’s best you go back hiding into your cave, you disgraceful ugly troglodyte. Your country isn’t much of a global player, introducing Nuclear weaponry in South Asia (you being primary culprit), having the highest CO2 emissions, factories, burning coal, fresh water depletion and carbon exhausts are four times more than that of Pakistan’s (due to your uncontrollable population). Violating human rights in Kashmir and also at home (Caste system), lacking basic facilities and asking for major roles in the Global arena. Have a look at the mirror you hideous creature.Recommend

  • Oommen
    Feb 7, 2017 - 5:19PM

    Germany is the European economic powerhouse. Japan Foreign Exchange Reserves are equal to China. India is the fastest growing – will soon be the 3rd biggest economy. South Africa is having the best democratic institutions in Africa.

    Like in ICC (cricket) Pakistan can derive financial benefits by supporting India against western hegemony. even Bangladesh cricket got better deal with Indian support. so supporting India will only benefit Pakistan. Indian support will be much useful when many powerful countries target Pakistan with visa ban.

    Dont try to hide the sun. It would be wise for Pakistan to support India for Permanent seat in UN. (even though it does not matter much)Recommend

  • whatever
    Feb 7, 2017 - 5:52PM

    @Faisal: Relax, now second step, prepare for to detonate bombs..Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Feb 7, 2017 - 5:55PM

    It is funny when a country known to be sympathetic to UN designated terrorist organizations tries to take a so-high moral ground in the UN.Recommend

  • rich
    Feb 7, 2017 - 6:05PM

    the joke is bec pakistn is against india, and opposing it for UNSC

    they are also going against brazil. germany, japan ectRecommend

  • Hamid
    Feb 8, 2017 - 10:47PM

    700 million people deficate in the open everyday. India is an open sewer and they want to be permanent member of UNSC. Go put toilets in your country first and then get rid of the perpetual slaves you have through your casts system and consider all humans as equal, then you may put in an application for membership and we may consider getting you inRecommend

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