One way for India, along with Japan, Germany and Brazil, to get permanent membership of the UN Security Council is to take this without assuming the veto power, Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini said here on Thursday.
Soini, who also visited Myanmar before arriving here on Wednesday on a four-day visit, described the Rohingya refugees issue in that country as “worrisome” but stressed that the dialogue process with the Myanmarese leadership should continue.
“The P5 (the five permanent members US, Britain, France, Russia and China) are not going to give up their veto right and they are not going to give the veto right to any newcomer,” he said during an interview with IANS.
The G4, comprising India, Japan, Germany and Brazil, have been demanding permanent membership in the UNSC given the changing global scenario.
“One solution could be that Japan, India, Germany and Brazil could become permanent members in the Security Council without taking veto power because the world is very different from when this P5 system was created after the Second World War,” Soini said.
“Some of the bigger countries (today) are more influential than some of those who are there on a permanent basis.”
Soini also said that Finland has “no problem” with India getting membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
China has been blocking India’s membership in the NSG on the ground that for a country to become a member of the 48-nation bloc, it should be a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Regarding the Rohingya refugee crisis, he said that he spoke to Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and expressed his worries over the violence behind it, access to humanitarian aid, and also the safe return of the refugees to their homes. More than 600,000 Rohingyas have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh since violence erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine state late in August.
The minority Rohingya community does not enjoy citizenship in Myanmar and are sparingly given refugee status in Bangladesh.
Human rights monitors accused Myanmar’s military of atrocities against the minority population during its clearance operations following Rohingya militants’ August 25 attacks on multiple government posts.