Agencies, United Nations
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is scheduled to address the 68th UN General Assembly session at around 11 a.m. (8.30 p.m. IST) on September 28, a day after his Pakistani counterpart.
According to information available from the Permanent Mission of India to the UN, Nawaz Sharif is to deliver his speech on September 27 and this gives an opportunity to Dr Manmohan Singh to respond, if necessary. On September 27, Dr Singh will meet President Barack Obama in Washington. The same evening he is likely to be in New York.
‘’Multilateral meetings where Pakistan and other countries are involved are going to be there, but the bilaterals have not been set as of now,’’ Chief Representative of India to the UN Asoke K Mukerjee told a news briefing yesterday.
It is also unlikely that Dr Singh will address an Indian-American community meeting during his visit as has been planned earlier by the local Congress party.
Sustainable development and Security Council reforms are among several subjects that are expected to dominate the consultations at the ongoing 68th annual session of the world body.
‘’We’d like to see it happen sooner rather than later,’’ Mukerjee said, answering a query about when New Delhi expects reforms in the Security Council.
India, which has been endorsed by such countries as the US, is a strong contender to a permanent seat on the Council. ‘’A vast majority of UN members are asking for that.’’
The Indian envoy added, ‘’Our policy is that we should be given the permanent seat with full veto powers on par with the current permanent members. ‘’However, we are ready to have a 15-year moratorium on the veto and at the end of which the entire veto issue can be reviewed.’’