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India elected as non-permanent member for two years

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Oct 13, IRNA -- The United Nations General Assembly elected India as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for a two year term beginning 1 January 2011.

India received 187 votes, the highest among the candidates for election to the Security Council as a non-permanent members, said an official statement issued here.

This will be India’s seventh term on the Security Council as a non-permanent member. India has previously been a member of the Security Council in 1950-51, 1967-68, 1972-73, 1977-78, 1984-85, and 1991-92.

As a founding member of the United Nations, India is fully committed to the Organization’s principles and purposes, said the statement.

During its forthcoming term in the UNSC, India will discharge its obligations as a responsible member of the international community and a representative of the developing countries by remaining fully and actively engaged on all issues before the Council.

India looks forward to working with fellow members of the UNSC and other Member States of the UN to these ends.

Soon after India’s election, External Affairs Minister, S M Krishna in a statement in New Delhi said: “This resounding endorsement of India’s candidature at the United Nations serves as a reaffirmation, if any were needed, of the overwhelming support that India enjoys in the international community”.

Extending sincere thanks to the overwhelming member of the UN Member States who have supported India, Krishna said that there have been significant changes in the international scene since India last served on the Security Council.

“India has been integral to some of the important processes that induced these changes in the context of the financial and economic architecture, major shifts at the world trade and climate change negotiations as well as the recalibration of the global regime for civilian nuclear cooperation”, said External Affairs Minister.

The overwhelming support we have received is recognition of India’s contribution to these and other developments and, in turn, reflects the expectations of the international community from India, he added.

Turning on to India’s priorities during the term in the UNSC, beginning from January 1, 2011, Krishna said: “We live in a troubled neighbourhood. Our immediate priorities in the Council will include peace and stability in our near and extended neighbourhood, including Afghanistan, the Middle East and Africa, Counter-terrorism, including the prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction to non-state actors, and the strengthening UN peacekeeping”.

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