India suggests “voting” to be preferred in order to break the decade-long United Nations Security Council (UNSC) reform standstill or deadlock. India said under the current process, by adopting the “general assembly” theory of voting, one can deny “naysayers”.
India’s permanent representative Syed Akbaruddin, on Tuesday said, “Naysayers cannot be allowed to cast a dark shadow over the entire membership and hold the overwhelming majority back,” adding, “Some amongst us cannot hold the entire process hostage by bending the rules of negotiations.”
Akbaruddin suggested that to overcome this hurdle the Inter-Governmental Negotiations (IGN) should work out in the normal way and should apply the procedure like other general assembly election processes. He said, “In the General Assembly, all a naysayer can do is, at best, cast a negative vote.”
Akbaruddin said the general assembly processes on the basis of “give and take negotiations, focused on a document with the co-chairs or facilitators, acting as agents, for facilitating dialogue.”
Majority of countries, who spokes during the meeting, help themselves by expanding the permanent membership of the Council.
Akbaruddin suggested that to help the negotiations, the negotiations should continue to be throughout a year. Akbaruddin claimed, “The more opportunities for dialogue, the greater the chances for making progress.”
Continuing suggesting, Akbaruddin said, “Taking the cue from success stories of the past session, we suggest that our discussions on Security Council reforms should begin at the earliest, and there should not be any artificial deadlines to end discussions prematurely in June.”