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Help India to be UNSC president twice; first one in August 2011
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India, regarded as a key emerging political and economic power, would be the president of the powerful United Nations Security Council in August and again later next year, most likely in November 2012, during its two-year term.

According to the list of its monthly—rotating presidency released by the Security Council, India would preside over the meetings of this 15-membered body in the month of August.

The presidency of the Security Council is held in turn by its members in the English alphabetic order of their names.

India’s presidency would be preceded by its key European ally Germany in July. Lebanon would take over from India the Security Council presidency in September 2011.

Bosnia Herzegovina is the Security Council president for the current month. Brazil is scheduled to take over the presidency in the month of February.

Officials at the U.N. said India would again get a chance next year, most probably in November, a month before its term expires in December 2012.

It was in June 1950, when India for the first time ever presided over the presidency of the Security Council.

Sir Benegal Narsing Rau was the Indian Ambassador to the United Nations then; who again presided over the Security Council meetings in the month of March 1951.

The Security Council has 15 members, five of which are veto wielding permanent members, while the rest 10 are non—permanent members; half of which are elected every alternate years for a two—year term.

The five existing non—permanent members are Bosnia, Brazil, Gabon, Lebanon and Nigeria; while India along with Germany, Portugal, South Africa and Columbia joined the Security Council as its new non—permanent members on January 1. India so far has been elected to the Security Council seven times including the current 2010—2012 term.

India was elected to this prestigious body soon after its independence 1950—1951; thereafter it was elected in 1967—68; 1972—73; 1977—78; 1984—85 and 1991—92.

During its 1967—67 term, India presided over the Security Council only once in the month of September 1967 with Gopalaswami Parthasarathi being its Ambassador.

The then Indian Ambassador to the U.S., Samar Sen, was the president of the Security Council for the month of December 1972 during India’s two—year term of 1972—73; while Rikhi Jaipal presided over its meetings in the month of October 1977 during its two—year term of 1977—78.

Similarly during its 1984—85 term, India got only one chance to preside over the Security Council meetings in February,1985 when Natarajan Krishnan was the Indian Ambassador to the United Nations. However, the then Indian Ambassador to the U.N., Chinmaya. R. Gharekhan, presided over the Security Council meeting twice in October 1991 and December 1992, during India’s last two—year term in the apex body.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/ar...026631.ece
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India enters UN Security Council after 19 years

UNITED NATIONS: After a gap of 19 years, India today formally took its place in the UN Security Council as a new non-permanent member for a two-year term, a position from which it is expected to push its agenda for UN reform .

Along with India, Germany, South Africa, Columbia and Portugal too took their places at the powerful 15-member body of the United Nations.

Regarded as a key emerging political and economic power, India would be the president of the powerful Security Council in August and again later next year, most likely in November 2012, during its two-year term.

India is also likely to be given a key responsibility of heading one of the two key counter-terrorism committees of the Council during its term.

Diplomatic sources privy to the discussions at the United Nations headquarters in New York told PTI that talks are in advance stage to request India to head one of its two key counter-terrorism committees.

India, along with other emerging countries, has been pushing for a reform of the United Nations to reflect the realities of the present day world.

It has also sought an expansion of the UN Security Council to include new permanent members, and has joined hands with the G4 countries (Germany, Japan, South Africa and India) to push for the expansion.

Excluding Japan, all the three countries now find themselves in the Security Council as non-permanent members and are expected to push their agenda jointly.

The five existing non-permanent members are Bosnia, Brazil, Gabon, Lebanon and Nigeria, while India along with Germany, Portugal, South Africa and Columbia joined the Security Council as its new non-permanent members on January 1. India so far has been elected to the Security Council for seven times including the current 2010-2012 term.

Issues related to counter-terrorism, UN peacekeeping operations and human rights would be the top priorities of India as it joins the powerful Security Council after a gap of 19 years, New Delhi's top diplomat to the world body said.

"One of our major pre-occupation is the issue of terrorism. I expect that in the coming months we would have to address that issue through the work of the Council," Hardeep Singh Puri, India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, told PTI in an interview.

As such India will prepare for a key role in the two committees of the Security Council - the 1267 and 1373 committee, Puri said.

1267 is the Security Council Sanctions Committee concerning al-Qaida and the Taliban and individuals and entities associated with those organisations.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news...210869.cms
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