UN chief Moon non-committal over Indias UNSC berth

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi, Oct 31 | Updated: Nov 2 2008, 04:50am hrs
The UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon on Friday called upon the international community to be more flexible and agree to a formula acceptable to all for reforms to the world body, but was non-committal on Indias bid for permanent membership of the UN Security Council (UNSC).

Addressing a press conference at the end of his two-day official visit here, he called upon India to play a greater role in global affairs as a leading voice in the developing world, a long-established democracy and a growing economic power.

However, he was non-committal on whether India could find a place on an enlarged Security Council as a permanent member.

I would support any major initiative which can help in enlargement of the Security Council...The members should show flexibility and agree on a formula acceptable to all, he said in response to a question.

While describing India as a leading voice in the developing world, a long-established democracy and a growing economic power, Ban lauded India's contribution to the UN peacekeeping operations around the world.

This country's contribution has helped to make our peacekeeping operations more effective in some of the world's toughest places, from the former Yugoslavia a decade ago to the Democratic Republic of Congo today, Ban told the mediapersons in his opening remarks.