Confident of successful UNSC seat, no takers for Pakistan’s propaganda: India’s Envoy to UN

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In his first interview after taking up as India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador TS Tirumurti emphasised the important thing agenda and priorities of India on the world physique. He will function the Indian envoy at an important time when India is ready to turn out to be a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) after over a decade.

Speaking to India Today from New York, Ambassador Tirumurti was assured that India will probably be elected within the group of elite 15 by successful a two-thirds majority. He mentioned that his focus will probably be to “strengthen the voice of those that aren’t heard”.

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At a time when the united states has been used in opposition to India by Pakistan with assist from its all-weather good friend China, the Indian envoy mentioned that he won’t have a look at India’s presence within the Security Council purely by the “slender prism of India-Pakistan bilateral challenge”. Trimurti emphatically mentioned that there have been no takers for Pakistan’s “false propaganda” and India’s battle in opposition to “cross-border terrorism” and “terror financing” will proceed.

Here are excerpts from the interview:

How has the start of your stint been, given that you just took workplace in these troublesome instances of the Covid-19 pandemic?

TS Tirumurti: Thank you Geeta for having me in your programme. Yes, I’ve landed within the midst of Covid-19 in New York. It has been a really troublesome time for the US, significantly New Yorkers. It has not been a straightforward time for the UN as effectively. Everything is occurring in digital mode.

So, it has not been a straightforward time for the UN and positively very troublesome for the US however I need to say that I’ve been very lucky. I’ve been in a position to talk with lots of my colleagues despite COVID and the lockdown.

What would your key priorities be as India’s envoy to the UN, particularly within the context of the forthcoming elections to the united states the place India is a candidate?

TS Tirumurti: The instant precedence is of course to get India elected within the forthcoming elections for the non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council. This will probably be in just a few days on the 17th of this month.

In truth, this would be the first exercise contained in the UN premises because it was closed down in mid-March.

External Affairs Minister Dr Jaishankar has already launched our set of priorities for our stint within the UN Security Council. We have set ourselves 5 overarching priorities beneath the acronym NORMS, which stands for New Orientation for a Reformed Multilateral System. The 5 priorities embrace:

First is ‘New Opportunities for Progress’. We have all the time been identified for working carefully with our companions, significantly within the context of growth and growing partnerships, to make sure sustainable peace. The repercussions of Covid-19 have impacted all of us like by no means earlier than. Even within the COVID scenario, we’ve assisted greater than 120 nations. Consequently, to be within the Security Council within the post-COVID interval offers us a possibility to place ahead our growth and peace agenda.Secondly, we’ll concentrate on an ‘Effective Response to International Terrorism’. India has been a sufferer of cross-border terrorism and you’re conscious of our sturdy curiosity in combating terrorism in all its types and manifestations. Our presence within the Security Council will assist pursue concrete and result-oriented motion.Our third precedence can be ‘Reform of Multilateral Systems’. Prime Minister has already put forth his imaginative and prescient of “reformed multilateralism”. Even as we stay dedicated to multilateralism, we’re equally aware that it doesn’t mirror modern realities. We want to take action to make the multilateral system credible and efficient. An necessary step on this course would be the reform of the Security Council the place India has a powerful declare.The fourth precedence is to have a ‘Comprehensive Approach to Peace and Security’. Armed conflicts world wide are getting more and more advanced. Traditional and non-traditional safety challenges proceed to develop. We want to provide higher course to the mandates of UN peacekeeping operations. You are conscious that Indian peacekeepers have performed a historic and pioneering position within the UN peacekeeping even whereas they’re defending lives internationally. We want to guard the protectors.Our fifth precedence will probably be ‘Technology with a Human Touch’. India has made great progress to convey know-how to the individuals. We wish to take our instance to the world and promote know-how as a pressure for good and improve ease of residing.

Overall, throughout our tenure, we’ll search to mirror our ethos of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ – the World is One Family.

The most necessary growth that we’ll see in coming days is India becoming a member of the united states as an elected member? How assured are you of securing the seat although India stands unopposed? It comes after a decade when final we had Hardeep Puri sit in that room.

TS Tirumurti: We have acquired great assist. Countries see our presence within the Security Council as not simply strengthening the Council but in addition strengthening the voice of those that aren’t heard. Of course, I’m additionally reaching out to the assorted nations to make sure that our message and our priorities for the Security Council are understood and appreciated.

They see that India will add worth to the united states. I’ve fairly massive footwear to fill after minister Hardeep Puri’s stint.

Afghanistan gave up its flip for India. How necessary was it for India to be in that room? The UNSC not too long ago has been used in opposition to India by Pakistan by their all-weather good friend China?

TS Tirumurti: I do not wish to see our presence within the Security Council purely by the slender prism of India-Pakistan bilateral points. India has a world position, extra so within the context of COVID. COVID-19 has made us rethink how we will use multilaterism and worldwide cooperation to make this a greater world. We have the flexibility to work carefully with companions and overcome outdated and new fault traces.

We have advocated dialogue and equity to unravel international points. We have an awesome alternative to form the post-COVID situation. Therefore, our election to the UN Security Council will probably be very well timed.

Recently, the UN envoys of OIC nations met and Pakistan tried to lift the alleged persecution of minorities in India. But, it looks as if there are not any takers for Pakistan’s propaganda anymore?

TS Tirumurti: There are not any takers for such false propaganda. Pakistan has tried to sofa its anti-India disinformation marketing campaign in non secular phrases and lift this in OIC in New York however discovered no takers. You are already conscious that on the 50th anniversary of OIC, India was invited for the primary time because the chief visitor on the primary of March final 12 months at their Foreign Ministers’ assembly the place the late Hon’ble Sushma Swaraj had participated.

We even have glorious bilateral relations with OIC nations, particularly in the previous few years, together with within the Gulf and Africa and others the place our relationships are at an all-time excessive. The OIC nations share, acknowledge, recognize and worth our pluralistic and democratic ethos.

Terrorism has been spelt out as one of many key agendas by EAM Dr Jaishankar. How would you’re taking up the difficulty of terrorism, particularly cross border terrorism on the world physique?

TS Tirumurti: As I discussed, terrorism is certainly one of many priorities for our Security Council agenda. It is a permanent risk to worldwide peace and safety having linkages throughout the border and areas in recruitment and operations. The UN itself has recognised the grave risk posed by terrorism
and has arrange the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism in 2016 to convey the difficulty to the fore to contain the broader UN membership to affix efforts to place an finish to the scourge.

We will take it up strongly and handle each its sponsors in addition to the assorted dimensions just like the abuse of ICT by terrorists, cease the move of terror finance and guarantee higher coordination to battle terror. It will probably be a complete method, all dimensions of terrorism.

Finally, with the altering international order within the wake of the pandemic, may there be a critical relook within the rising demand for UN reforms and enlargement of the united states that will mirror the precise illustration of a modified world order?

TS Tirumurti: Reform of the Security Council goes to be an important a part of our agenda. There is certainly a have to look significantly into the reform of the Security Council. As I discussed, Prime Minister has made a clarion name for reformed multilateralism. The established order of the multilateral system is what some nations wish to revert to and reinforce. This doesn’t mirror present realities.

It can be not within the curiosity of growing nations, which have began enjoying a serious position inside the United Nations and out of doors, however whose voices haven’t discovered traction in these multilateral our bodies. Consequently, there’s a have to transcend the 1940s multilateral structure and supply for higher illustration, beginning with the UN Security Council. In different phrases, the multilateral structure must get modern and mirror actuality to be related.


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