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India to focus on multipolarity at UN

Eighth two-year stint in Security Council

India to focus on multipolarity at UN

TS Tirumurti, India’s permanent representative to the UN



Sandeep Dikshit
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, December 31

India from Friday will sit in the 15-nation United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the next two years.

This is the eighth time that India has won the election as a non-permanent member of the UNSC. Its only loss was to Japan in the early 90s.

“Not a single thing has moved. Is this the type of the process we want or can we collectively come to a slightly better process which will yield results?’’ asked TS Tirumurti, India’s permanent representative to the UN, about India’s aspiration to become a permanent member. “We will be a country which will reinforce multilateralism. We will like to have a more cooperative structure in which we genuinely look out and find solutions and go beyond the rhetoric,’’ he added. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to convert India’s non-permanent presence at the UNSC from 2021 to 2022 into a permanent membership is in disarray due to hostilities with China and a quasi-estrangement with Russia.

“The current multilateralism is not factoring in multipolarity. When you have a structure, which is able to accommodate the multipolarity, then automatically (there is) a more responsive, more rule-bound and more inclusive process,” he said.

Tirumurti also said India would play a balancing role at a time when the five permanent members were badly divided. “The UN is losing coherence and we hope to bring this back by focusing on issues of priority,” he observed.


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