Mexican foreign minister proposes 'compromise formula' over UNSC reforms

Mexican foreign minister proposes

Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-03-12 10:05 New Delhi: Mexican Foreign Minister, Claudia Ruiz Massieu, on Friday said the Latin American country preferred a "compromise formula" over reforms in UN Security Council to make it more effective. Massieu made her comments while addressing the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), a government think-tank, in the national capital. India has long-held demand for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council and said a seat on the council would reflect the importance of the G20 nation as its trillion dollar economy helps spur global growth and its government exerts more and more influence over issues from Doha trade to climate change talks. Mexico is among a group of countries called "United for Consensus" (UFC) which aims to counter the bids for permanent seats proposed by G4 nations (India, Brazil, Germany, and Japan). "India would prefer to have new permanent members and aspires to become one of them. Mexico and an important group of countries do not favour new permanent members.We have been discussing this for a time, but I think, we think, it is time to work on building consensus and reaching an agreement. The only ones that benefit from not doing this are the current permanent members. Our proposal is a compromise solution: a creation of long-term seats, non-permanent with the possibility of re-election," said Massieu. Developing countries could effectively influence the UN's agenda and make the Security Council more flexible to adapt to the reality of the changing world, added Massieu. Massieu said India and Mexico should double their efforts to increase business opportunities and added that Mexico City was a natural bridge for New Delhi to dive into one of the most dynamic regions of the world. "Mexico and India must take full advantage of the many opportunities that are on our fingertips. The relationship between our two economies with the size of Mexico and the size of India deserves to be a priority of our bilateral agenda. Mexico is a natural bridge for India to dive into the most dynamic, one of the most dynamic regions worldwide," she said Massieu, who arrived in New Delhi on a two-day visit to India, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in the day. She is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with her Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj on Saturday. (ANI)