February 12, 2011 by staff
Sm Krishna, Even ministers make mistakes. Foreign Minister SM Krishna made a blunder when he accidentally read the speech of the Portuguese Minister Luis Amado at a meeting of the Security Council of the United Nations here on Saturday, but corrected the error after an Indian official has attracted his attention.
Krishna read the speech about three minutes before being corrected by India’s envoy to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri.
Luis Amado had already read his speech earlier.
Krishna is here on a two-day visit. The agenda of India is to reform the Security Council.
(AFP) – Brazil, Germany, India and Japan announced Friday it would push for “concrete” action this year to open the Security Council to new members.
Foreign Ministers of the four countries met at UN headquarters to intensify their campaign, even if there is not a wide acceptance among UN member 192 on the reform of the supreme peace of the world organization and the security corps.
“The pressure mounted by the United Nations for UN membership to finally address the challenge of reforming the Council realistically, adjusting current geopolitical realities,” said Brazil Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota after the meeting.
The four nations believe “we should work towards concrete results in the current session of the General Assembly, which ends in September, he added.
Foreign Minister SM Krishna of India said, “the response we get is overwhelming and we are confident we can go in that direction.”
He said the four would “move forward to reform the Security Council on an urgent basis.”
Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States were the only permanent members of Security Council veto power over any resolution, since its inception in 1945. The number of non-permanent members from six to 10 in 1963.
Brazil, Germany, India and Japan, the so-called Group of Four (G4), have renewed their long-standing campaign for a permanent seat on the Security Council last year.
At the top of the G4, African countries believe they should have a maximum of two permanent seats on the Council, with South Africa, Nigeria and Egypt all candidates considered. Arab and Latin American countries are also demanding greater representation.
The change requires a two-thirds majority in the General Assembly, however, and reform efforts have failed repeatedly over which countries should get a permanent seat and how other places should be divided.
The United States and other permanent members to oppose parts of ideas G4 released so far. Diplomats say that China might try to block India and Japan gets a permanent place.
Patriota has recognized that there is still “no consensus on the important aspects of the reform” and four are “testing different ideas.”
“The objectives are well known, I think the challenge is to find a formula that will get the widest possible audience.”
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