Monday, November 29, 1999

Pakistan opposes UN Security Council expansion

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Islamabad, June 18 (IANS) Pakistan has opposed the expansion of the United Nations Security Council, saying this would 'further aggravate' its 'exclusive and elitist culture'.'A larger number of permanent members will further aggravate the exclusive and elitist culture of the council,' Pakistan's envoy to the UN Abdullah Hussain Haroon said in a closed-door session of the General Assembly in an obvious reference to the bid by India and some other countries for a permanent seat in the Security Council.The UNSC expansion in the way some states are seeking this is not logical, Haroon said, Xinhua reported, quoting The Nation.At the same time, Haroon said any expansion of the Security Council must be accompanied by re-balancing the representation of various regions of the world on an equitable basis.

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