Portugal PM supports India’s bid for permanent membership of UNSC

In a show of support for reforming the United Nations Security Council, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Luis Da Costa has supported India’s bid for permanent membership in the Council, asserting that efforts must continue to ensure greater representation in the most powerful wing of the world body.

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Luis Da Costa (right) with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.
Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Luis Da Costa (right) with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. Photo courtesy: Indian Defense Research Wing

“Achieving sustainable peace will require greater synergies in the Organisation’s structures and missions on the ground. The ongoing efforts should also give fresh impetus to the reform of the Security Council to ensure a better representation of today’s world,” Da Costa said in his address to the UN General Assembly.

“The African continent cannot be denied a permanent presence, and Brazil and India are also two inescapable examples,” he said.

The Prime Minister said the complexity of the global problems these countries face requires them to foster partnerships, involving not only States, but also civil societies, international financial institutions, public and private entities.

According to PTI, he said reforming the architecture of peace and security was an absolute priority.

Prime Minister Da Costa had expressed Portugal’s support for India’s permanent membership of the UN Security Council when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Lisbon in June this year. South African President Jacob Zuma urged that the Security Council be reformed as it was unable to carry out its responsibilities for the maintenance of international peace and security.

The time had come to accord Africa the place it deserves on the Security Council, said Macky Sall, President of Senegal. President of Namibia Hage G Geingob said Africa should be included at “the highest decision-making level” within the UN. He pointed out that a more inclusive Security Council would restore faith in the organisation.

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Tushaar Kuthiala
Tushaar Kuthiala – Senior Writer

Tushaar has five years experience as a journalist in founding two start-up newspapers. He worked as a special correspondent based in New Delhi with Daily World, an international media organisation. He enjoys reading and writing fiction in his spare time.

 

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