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EAM S Jaishankar Calls United Nations Security Council An 'Old Club' Reluctant To Admit New Members, Let Go Of Control

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also expressed concerns about the declining effectiveness of the UN, particularly on crucial issues such as the Israel-Hamas war, where consensus has been elusive.

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar
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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar criticized the United Nations Security Council as he called it an old club reluctant to admit new members and resistant to relinquishing control.

Speaking at an event in Bengaluru, Jaishankar stated, "Security Council is like an old club, where there are set members who don't want to let go of the grip. They want to keep control over the club. Not very keen to admit more members, not keen to have their practices questioned."

He further expressed concerns about the declining effectiveness of the UN, particularly on crucial issues such as the Israel-Hamas war, where consensus has been elusive.

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Jaishankar highlighted the need for reform, stating, "In a way, it's a human failing. But I think today it is harming the world. It is harming the world because, on key issues confronting the world, the UN is getting less and less effective."

During the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Jaishankar called for reforms to ensure a fair, equitable, and democratic international order. He emphasized the necessity of avoiding the prolonged and unchallenged dominance of a few nations in shaping global agendas.

He also said, "And I can also tell you the global sentiment. I mean, today, if you ask 200 countries in the world, do you want reform or don't you want reform? A very large number of countries would say, yes, we want reform."

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Despite over nine weeks of the Israel-Hamas war, the UNSC has been unable to reach a resolution, revealing significant challenges and divisions among its members.

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