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US congratulates Bhandari on ICJ re-election, opposes UNSC veto structure

India's Dalveer Bhandari was on Tuesday re-elected to ICJ with more than two-thirds of the UN members backing him

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin speaks during a reception in the honour of Justice Dalveer Bhandari (left) at the UN in New York. Photo: PTI
India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin speaks during a reception in the honour of Justice Dalveer Bhandari (left) at the UN in New York. Photo: PTI

The US has congratulated Justice Dalveer for his re-to the ICJ, but asserted that it is against any change in the current veto structure of the UN Security Council, even as it favours a modest expansion of the 15-membered body. India's Dalveer was on Tuesday re-elected to the International of Justice (ICJ) with more than two-thirds of the UN members backing him, forcing to withdraw its candidate amidst high drama in the hard-fought race to the world Responding to questions on reform of the 15-membered apex wing of the world body, a State Department spokesperson said: The United States remains open in principle to the idea of UN Security Council reform, including a modest expansion of the Security Council. "We believe a reformed council must reflect the realities of the 21st century and be able to meet the challenges of this century with enhanced -- and not diminished -- effectiveness and efficiency.

To this end, we remain opposed to any alteration or expansion of the veto, the spokesperson told PTI. The spokesperson was asked about reform of the in view of the differences that emerged between the General Assembly and the Security Council during the just concluded to the ICJ. For the last remaining seat, the General Assembly and the had to carry 11 round of voting before judge Christopher Greenwood from withdrew from the race, leaving India's nominee to be re-elected for a nine-year term. "We congratulate Judge Dalveer of for his re-to the International of Justice, as well as the other candidates who were elected or re-elected...," the spokesperson said, thanking Judge Greenwood for his service to the ICJ. However, the official refused to comment on the 11 rounds of voting. "We're not going to comment on the prior rounds of voting. In the end, Judge received the unanimous support of the and an absolute majority in the UN General Assembly for his re-to the ICJ," the spokesperson said.

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First Published: Wed, November 22 2017. 09:31 IST
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