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United Nations : Need for Innovation

Need for Innovation S Nanjundan writes: In the euphoria of the Clinton visit little notice has been taken of the reconfirmation of the US decision not to support India

In the euphoria of the Clinton visit little notice has been taken of the reconfirmation of the US decision not to support India's candidature for a permanent seat in an expanded UN Security Council. India has reportedly been vigorously canvassing in the matter. US opposition virtually rules out our chances. The next session of the UN General Assembly may only elect Germany and Japan and postpone election of other permanent members or may freeze the question for another year.

The US in fact does not want any more permanent members with the veto privilege and is quite happy with the current P5 with the addition of Japan and Germany. Since the end of the cold war the US has de facto wielded power single-handed: the support of the G7 developed countries has always come, despite murmurs from France. G7 has expanded to G8 to include Russia which also demurs impotently. The outsider in the current P5 of the Security Council is China, which too has been able to nothing more than abstain on such issues as Iraq or Kosovo. Decisions are made directly or through NATO by-passing UN and using it for follow-up international legal enforcement purposes.

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