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Shashi Tharoor accuses UK of stalling will of UN General Assembly

Discussion in 'International Politics' started by Paraśu, Nov 19, 2017.

  1. Paraśu

    Paraśu IDF NewBie

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    Abuse of UNSC power by UK against India?

    India’s nominee Justice Dalveer Bhandari, and Britain's Christopher Greenwood are deadlocked in a fight for re-election to the last remaining seat as Judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Apparently a candidate needs to secure atleast 97 votes at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) *AND* 8 votes at the UN Security council (UNSC).
    While Bhandari received a whopping 115 votes at the UNGA against Greenwood's 76, he garnered 6 votes against Greenwood's 9 at the UNSC. So overall, India secured 36 more votes than the UK.
    However the current UN structure is an orwellian set-up, with the 15-member UNSC holding disproportionately more power than the 193-member UNGA. So apparently India and UK are in a "deadlock".

    UN reforms: Shashi Tharoor said that the voice of the UNGA has been ignored for too long and accused the UK of trying to stall the will of the majority of the UNGA. India is tying this issue with the ongoing fight between the P5 and the RoW to enact UN reforms.
    The current UNSC/UNGA structure was set-up by the victors of the WW2. UNSC is an exclusive club of 5 "permanent" members (P5) wielding "veto power" with an additional 10 "temporary" non-veto members playing second-fiddle. The UNGA of 193 countries (RoW) who have no veto power.
    The P5 gifted "permanent power of veto" to themselves to facilitate a cartel-like behaviour, enabling them to adopt or block UN resolutions to suit their own interests - in effect, a British-style "class divide". The P5 of UNSC "Overlords" rule over the rest of the World (RoW) "Commoners". Naturally, the coterie at UNSC fiercely defend status-quo, even as their power diminishes in the evolving multi-polar world order.

    The Chagos Islands angle:
    UK's desperation at losing support at the UNGA for its ICJ nominee appears to have another interesting angle to it - the Chagos Islands.
    Chagos Islands were originally part of Mauritius, but was split & snatched by UK during Mauritius independence, in breach of the UN resolution 1514. It was then leased to the US (the Diego Garcia airbase, now used for "rendition/interrogation operations") and unilaterally renewed by UK recently.
    Chagos islanders say the UK rule is illegal and are seeking decolonisation. Mauritius is on course to challenge British sovereignty over Chagos at the ICJ. Naturally, the British (and the Americans) are jittery at the very likely prospect of losing ownership of Chagos.
    The UK foreign office excuses of supposed "Security implications" for the area, of its potential loss of Chagos Islands were rendered extraneous when Mauritius declared it is willing to renew the lease with the US after it takes ownership of the Island from UK, allowing for continuation of all extant security arrangements.
    Ironically, Britain and US have even sought India’s assistance to "influence Mauritius" to drop their cause.

    Under the circumstances, and going by UK's colonial track record, it would make for perfect timing to insert one of their own as an ICJ judge, just around the time when the Chagos Islands case is referred to the ICJ, wouldn't it?

    References:
    http://indianexpress.com/article/in...of-stalling-will-of-general-assembly-4935871/
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/22/un-vote-backing-chagos-islands-a-blow-for-uk
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...plomatic-influence-indian-ocean-a7804066.html
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/world...iego-garcia/story-thHY7JObIZETj2zIQ73DwL.html
     
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  2. Guynextdoor

    Guynextdoor Lt. Colonel SENIOR MEMBER

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  3. Angel Eyes

    Angel Eyes 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Yeah yeah ...when can't hold up of your own ...gang up like losers... typical brishit attitude..
     
  4. InfoWarrior

    InfoWarrior Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Time to plan an alternate to UN. How many favors we would have to do for US and China before they allow India to NSG and UNSC. Turkey was played in the similar manner for EU membership. I think they always planned to invest and develope China. When it comes to India they will say "infrastructure is poor" etc.

    US is playing India against China. See how they made both India and China kiss their feet.


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  5. Pundrick

    Pundrick Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    UK is also not ready to give up it's veto in UNSC reform, the lieutenant still thinks that it is influential player and global power.:facepalm:

    Some times I wish UK to bankrupt before Pakistan, just coz it is still playing the game it should have left 7 decades ago.
     
  6. MilSpec

    MilSpec Mod Staff Member MODERATOR

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    I anything India should opt out ICJ completely after this.
     
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