Saturday, November 3, 2007

No. India should NOT have special privileges in UN membership

India should be given 'augmented' voice in UN: Hillary Clinton
Thursday, November 01, 2007 19:51 IST

WASHINGTON: India, which has 'special significance' as an emerging power, should be given a bigger voice in regional and international institutions like the UN, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner for the upcoming US Presidential election has said.

"....India has a special significance both as an emerging power and as the world's most populous democracy. As co-chair of the Senate India Caucus, I recognize the tremendous opportunity presented by India's rise and the need to give the country an augmented voice in regional and international institutions, such as the UN," Clinton, who according to polls is leading in the race to become the next US President, said.

The former first lady also said terrorists are increasingly finding safe havens in Pakistan, its staunch ally in the war on terror, and called for "redoubling" of efforts in the South Asian country.

"Terrorists are increasingly finding safe havens in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan," Clinton wrote in an Essay in the respected Foreign Affairs Magazine.

She also said America's relationship with China will be 'the most important bilateral relationship' in the world.

"The US and China have vastly different values and political systems, yet even though we disagree profoundly on issues ranging from trade to human rights, religious freedom, labor practices, and Tibet, there is much that the US and China can and must accomplish together," Clinton said.

The Democratic senator slammed the Bush administration for 'squandering the respect, trust, and confidence of even our closest allies and friends'.

After 9/11, Clinton said the world rallied behind the US and 'we had a historic opportunity to build a broad global coalition to combat terror, increase the impact of our diplomacy, and create a world with more partners and fewer adversaries'.

Chithra KarunaKaran
Ethical Democracy As Lived Practice

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