Pakistan

Pakistan on Tuesday slammed the campaign by a group of four countries, including India to get permanent seats in United Nations Security Council (UNSC), saying such attempts defied the principle of achieving democratic representation through periodic elections.

Referring to the four countries India, Brazil, Japan and Germany, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi said, “In 21st century, it is inconceivable to establish or run an institution which does not embrace the fundamental principles of representation and accountability”.

She was expressing these remarks at the long-running Intergovernmental Negotiations aimed at expanding the Security Council to make it more representative, the Radio Pakistan reported.

The Ambassador said, “We are gridlocked in reforming the Security Council because some among us want a status that defies the basic norms of democratic representation and accountability’.

She asked the countries to be flexible in their demand for permanent seats.