UK Attempts to Stall Voting at UN to Deny ICJ Seat to India
New Delhi, Nov 19: United Kingdom may use its power as the permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC) in an attempt to stall the surge in support for India’s candidate for the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Dalveer Bhandari, at the last round of voting at the UN General Assembly (UNGA).
A single round of balloting was conducted on Monday at the UNGA. Considering to stall further voting, the UK has instead proposed an arcane mechanism of Joint Conference that will comprise 3 members each from GA and SC.
Meanwhile, India is angry at UK’s suggestion as this mechanism has never been used to break a deadlock in appointment of judges.
Notably, support to UK’s candidate Christopher Greenwood has dropped considerably at balloting in the General Assembly and this has forced the nation to take such a grave step against India. UK’s move, however, has invited huge criticism from across numerous countries.
As per the trends of the previous rounds of voting, India’s candidate Bhandari enjoys near 2/3rd majority (121 countries favored him over Britain’s candidate) of GA whereas, Greenwood has managed a slender lead in the 15-member SC with help from the permanent members of the Council. Notably, to win, a candidate needs majority in both GA and SC.
Terming UK tactics as similar to those of Robert Clive, a senior Indian official said that the New India was no Siraj ud Daulah, the last nawab of Bengal who was defeated by Clive.
At the UN, Indian diplomatic offensive has managed to bring together countries of Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Many former British colonies have also joined India, a report claims.
Interestingly, in previous similar cases of deadlock, a candidate who was consistently leading in the GA was elected ultimately.