India to conduct itself with maturity as rotating president of UNSC: official

17:02, August 02, 2011      

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As India assumes the month-long presidency of the UN Security Council on Monday, the Indian ambassador to the U.N. Hardeep Singh Puri said Tuesday India will conduct itself with "political maturity, dignity" and in a manner which enhances the prestige of the Security Council.

"More than India, rest of the international community has very high expectations from India's presidency of the council," Puri was quoted as saying in New York by the Press Trust of India. India, which assumed the rotating presidency of the UNSC on Monday, had last held the position in December 1992.

Puri said while the presidency does give India an opportunity to focus on issues of importance to it, India will be "very realistic about what Security Council membership entails and what the presidency of the council involves".

He added that India does not want to be short-sighted and immature by utilizing the presidency to push forward few issues of paramount concern only to it. "The manner in which you conduct yourself in the deliberations of the council, the kind of positions you take, the political maturity which you display not only as the member of the council but more in the presidency, those ultimately reflect on the country's credentials," he said.

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