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Scottish Independence: Cameron Warns On UN Security Council Place

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 16, 2012

David Cameron will engage in a high-risk rebuttal of Scottish independence on Thursday, when he’ll make a speech in Scotland which warns of the nation being marginalised at the UN Security Council and among NATO.

The PM will say: “We’re stronger, because together we count for more in the world, with a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, real clout in NATO and Europe and unique influence with allies all over the world.”

In an impassioned speech in which Cameron will state:  “It matters head, heart and soul” to him, the PM will say: “Our shared home is under threat and everyone who cares about it needs to speak out.”

Number 10 was quick to clarify that there was no suggestion that a post-independence UK would lose its seat on the UN Security Council.  But Britain’s place there – considered increasingly tenuous given its relative wane as a global power – depends on its nuclear arsenal.   How those weapons might be divvied up between England and Scotland will be a major bone of contention in the years leading up to the independence referendum.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Russia to support India’s bid for permanent UNSC seat

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 16, 2011

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev and India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (RIA Novosti / Vladimir Rodionov)

Russia will back India’s bid for permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) if a decision to expand the body is made, President Dmitry Medvedev has said.

The Russian leader said that Moscow considers India “a strong, and real” candidate for joining the body as a permanent member.

The statement was made Medvedev’s joint conference with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after their talks in the Russian capital.

“India is a privileged partner for us,” Medvedev pointed out. He stressed that “all UN countries should agree and reform the Security Council according to a jointly approved scenario.”

“There is no need for India to doubt Russia’s support,” Medvedev assured Singh, as cited by Interfax.

Currently, there are five permanent members with veto power in the UNSC – China, France, Russia, the UK and the US. Ten other members of the body are elected once every two years.

An expansion of the council – which was established back in 1946, shortly after WWII – has been discussed for years now. Many agree that it is time to reform the UNSC, since the world has changed a lot and so have the challenges that the international community faces. Several countries are now seeking permanent seats on the council, including the so-called G4 group, comprised of India, Japan, Germany and Brazil. Read the rest of this entry »

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