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India criticises use of hidden veto in subsidiary organs of UN Security Council

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India has criticised the use of hidden veto in the subsidiary organs of the UN Security Council such as the Sanctions Committees, apparently hitting out at China for repeatedly blocking its bid to list Pakistan-based Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin said this while addressing an informal meeting of the Plenary on the Intergovernmental negotiations. The negotiations were on the question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council. He welcomed the chairs’ suggestion to explore how the veto impacts work and effectiveness of an enlarged Council.

Mr Akbaruddin said, the use of hidden vetoes in places where it was never meant to be exercised, is instead impacting the work and effectiveness of the Council. Akbaruddin stressed that making public the use of such vetoes and explanation for their use can be a first step in fostering transparency and enhancing the work of the Council. The Ambassador also sought more clarity and information about an option floated seeking enlargement of the Security Council with 2-year term for non-permanent members only.

China has repeatedly blocked India’s move to designate Pakistan-based Masood Azhar a terrorist under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council.


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