UK, France back UNSC permanent seat for India

19 November, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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Following the United Kingdom, France reaffirmed its support for the establishment of additional permanent seats for Brazil, Germany, India, and Japan.

Veto members have overwhelmingly backed India’s request for a permanent membership on the newly restructured United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Following the United Kingdom, France reaffirmed its support for the establishment of additional permanent seats for Brazil, Germany, India, and Japan.

During the Security Council’s annual discussion on Security Council reform on Friday, Nathalie Broadhurst Estival, France’s deputy representative to the UN, stated, “France accepts the candidacy of Germany, Brazil, India and Japan as permanent members for permanent seats.”

Additionally, she said, “we want more representation from African nations, especially as permanent council members, as many seats should be apportioned to guarantee geographic representation.”

According to UNSC Ambassador Estival, the veto issue is quite delicate. She emphasised that the States proposing a permanent seat will have last say on the matter.

She continued by saying that the goal must continue to be to increase Council’s legitimacy and its capacity to properly carry out its obligations in maintaining international peace and security.

France made the suggestion that the five permanent Council members jointly and voluntarily suspend the use of veto in situations involving mass crimes in this spirit. She underlined Council’s authority to choose its working procedures and emphasised the Council’s members’ dedication to increased openness, efficiency, and transparency.