India calls for maintaining momentum on UNSC reforms

New Delhi, March 20: India Thursday called for maintaining the momentum on the expansion and reform of the UN Security Council so that “clearly identifiable progress” could be made during the inter-governmental negotiations.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid also emphasised on the need for moving to a “creative phase” in terms of the Security Council reforms to achieve “concrete outcomes by 2015″, which would be the 70th anniversary of the Summit of the United Nations.

Khurshid’s statements came during his meeting here with John W. Ashe, president of the 68th UN General Assembly.

During his tenure as the General Assembly president, Ashe has assisted in decisive forward movement on the subject of UN Security Council reforms and injected considerable momentum towards text based negotiations, said a statement from the external affairs ministry.

Discussions with Ashe also included topics related to the post-2015 development agenda as well as matters related to UN peacekeeping and other current developments on the agenda of the General Assembly, the statement said.

IANS