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Key to getting India on Security Council is ‘not to touch veto’: Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley

Washington: The key to India becoming a permanent member of the UN Security Council is “not to touch the veto”, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said as she identified Russia and China as the two global powers against changes in the current structure of the Security Council.

“This reform of the UN Security Council is much more about the veto. The permanent five members of the Security Council have the ability to veto. Russia, China, the UK, the US and France and none of them want to give that up,” Haley said at the event organised in Washington by the US India Friendship Council.

Haley said the US Congress or the Senate can’t have much role in reforming the Security Council. “Not really. They really can’t. Because members of the Security Council are not going to listen to the Congress on the shape of the Security Council,” she said.

Haley said the US is already on board, but there is a need to focus “on Russia and China” — the two permanent members of the Security Council who “do not want to see any” changes in the Security Council.

For long, India has been calling for reform of the UN Security Council. India and a large number of countries believe that the current UN and its powerful Security Council does not reflect the ground realities of the 21st century.

India has also received support from several other multilateral groupings during the General Assembly session, including from BRICS and IBSA. Several countries have taken up the floor of General Assembly to support India’s permanent membership.

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