India’ candidature for non-permanent UNSC seat ‘unanimously’ endorsed by Asia-Pacific group

Washington DC, June 26: India’s candidature for the  United Nations security council (UNSC) non-permanent seat for a two-year term has been approved unanimously by the Asia-Pacific group.

In a tweet, Indian permanent representative to the UN ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said, “A unanimous step. Asia-Pacific Group @UN unanimously endorses India’s candidature for a non-permanent seat of the Security Council for a 2-year term in 2021/22. Thanks to all 55 members for their support.”

The message, along with a video, further said, “Asia-Pacific Group endorses India for Non-Permanent seat of UNSC 55 countries, 1 nominee – India for a non-permanent seat of UN Security Council Term 2021-2022.”

Nations like Vietnam, UAE, Turkey, Syria, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar, Maldives, Malaysia, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Japan, Iran, Indonesia, China, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan has backed India’s candidature.

The UNSC consists of 15 members which include 5 permanent members and 10 non-permanent nations.

Every year, the UN elects five nations to the 15-member UNSC (10 of whom are non-permanent members) for maximum a two-year term, as per a geographical roration scheme set in 1963 by the assembly, in order to ensure fair regional representations, five from Pacific, Asian and African states, two from Latin American states, two from Western European, one from Eastern Europe, and other states (WEOG).

Five nations have secured non-permanent member seats in the UNSC after the United Nations general assembly on May 9 conducted a secret ballot.

The five countries who have secured to be part of UNSC are VietnamTunisia, Niger, Estonia, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines – the smallest country ever to be nominated for a seat in the UNSC.

Several nations have been for long backing India’s candidature for the UNSC permanent membership. India, a founding member of the UN, is among the largest contributors (nation) of troops to the UN peacekeeping mission. India has been elected seven times to the UNSC as a non-permanent member, mostly around 2011 to 2012.

 

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