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Expand UNSC by 10 more members: India

By The Assam Tribune

UNITED NATIONS, April 11 � India has said the 15-nation UN Security Council should be expanded to include about 10 more members, cautioning that delay in reforming the powerful world body will be at the international community�s �own peril�, reports PTI.

Participating in the 8th round of inter-governmental negotiations on UN Security Council reforms here, India�s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri said India is of the view that reform and expansion of the Security Council are essential if it is to reflect contemporary reality.

A reformed UNSC, with expansion in the permanent and non-permanent categories, will enhance the Council�s credibility and effectiveness in dealing with global issues. �We delay reform of the Security Council at our own peril...Early reform of the Council must be pursued with renewed vigour and urgently enacted,� Puri said yesterday.

Puri outlined India�s view that an expanded Council should have a total of 25-26 members. He said structural reform of the Council should respond to the pressing need for credible improvements in the global governance architecture.

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