India has said, the longer the reforms in UN Security Council are stalled, the greater will be its deficit in representation. India's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ruchira Kamboj said this while delivering the G4 Statement at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on equitable representation of the UN Security Council. Ms Kamboj said, reforms in the Security Council is an inescapable precondition for its legitimacy and effectiveness.

The Ambassador said, more than the item on equitable representation in the Security Council was included on the General Assembly agenda more than forty years ago, in 1979.

She said, it is regrettable that work on the issue has nothing substantive to show even after four decades and consequently, the Council still does not reflect the current geopolitical landscape.

Ms Kamboj said, there is simply no

reason to leave the Security Council out of the reform process, when many other major international institutions have made strides to change and adapt.

Speaking on behalf of the G4 countries - Brazil, Germany, Japan and India, the senior diplomat said the four nations uphold the need for a comprehensive reform of the Security Council, with the expansion of seats in both categories of membership, equitable regional representation, more transparent and inclusive working methods and an enhanced relationship with other UN bodies, including the General Assembly.

India's Permanent Representative stressed it is high time to bring the Security Council in line with its Charter responsibility to act on behalf of the entire Membership. She said, this will not be achieved without enhancing the membership in both categories.

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