UK supports India's bid for a permanent UNSC seat, says Alex Ellis

Alex Ellis

British High Commissioner Alex Ellis said the United Kingdom "certainly" supports India's candidature for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

He stated India's push for reforms will help the UN to better deal with the realities of the present times.

"Change in the institution (UNSC) is hard and we need to make them work. Some of them come after the second World War like the UN and UNSC, some came later like the World Trade Organization (WTO)... zenith of globalisation, the mid 90s and what we want from India is actually to make the institution effective," he added.

The UNSC, which is charged with ensuring international peace and security, has 15 members, of which five are permanent members- the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and China — and 10 are non-permanent.

The UNSC is the sole body having its authority to issue binding resolutions on member states.

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