Amid India’s push for UN Security Council reform, the US said it supports building a consensus for the expansion of the UN Security Council to both permanent and non-permanent members. However, the US says this should reduce the council’s effectiveness or capacity and should not alter or extend the veto. Significantly, India has been demanding for a long time that the Security Council should be expanded. Many countries have also talked about making India its member.
America gives priority to working with India
Asked about India holding the UN Security Council chair, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said the US attaches importance to working with India at the United Nations, including the presidency of the Security Council. Price said that we support agreeing to a modest expansion of the Security Council for both permanent and non-permanent members. Provided that it does not reduce its efficacy or capacity and is not subject to alteration or extension of the veto.
What did the price say on making India a permanent member?
In such a situation, the question is bound to arise whether the Biden administration is willing to make India a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. To this question, Spokesperson Price said that we believe that the Security Council should be reformed in a way that is representative of all and that is relevant to the interests of the United States and all member states of the United Nations. We look forward to the opportunity to work closely with India in the context of the Security Council in the coming weeks, he added.
Security Council has 5 permanent and 10 non-permanent members
India has been a pioneer in efforts at the United Nations for the long-stagnant reform of the Security Council. India should get a place in the United Nations as a permanent member. There are currently five permanent and 10 non-permanent member states in the United Nations Security Council. These five permanent members are Russia, Britain, China, France and America and these countries can veto any resolution. There is a growing demand to increase the number of permanent members of the Security Council.