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November 08, 2016 11:28
India slams UNSC’s irresponsibility in Masood Azhar issue

India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin on Tuesday slammed the Council's inability to consider sanctioning the leaders of groups, it has itself designated as the terror entities, in a reference to the "technical hold" on India's bid for Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar to be banned by the UN.

"While our collective conscience is ravaged everyday by terrorists in some region or another, the Security Council gives itself 9 months to consider whether to sanction leaders of organisations it has itself designated as terrorist entities," Akbaruddin said at a session on equitable representation and increase in the membership of the Security Council at the UN.

"On issues pivotal to international security such as Syria, there is inaction, and on other situations like dealing with the peacekeeping crisis in South Sudan we see fragmented action which is not implemented even months after being agreed upon," Akbaruddin said.

"The Security Council, stuck in its own time warp and politics, can only be described as working randomly on the basis of a mix of ad-hocism, scrambling and political paralysis. Need one say more about the urgency of the need forreform of this relic which has long been unresponsive to the needs of our time," he said.

Akbaruddin said that in the snail-paced and "never-ending carousel of discussions" by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) reforms, "it is time to break the impasse" to urgently reform the body that is "unresponsive" to the current global situation.

By Premji

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