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For democratic reform of the UN

Re: "Thailand gets real with India", Opinion, June 3.

The highly informative article by Kavi Chongkittavorn deserves to be completed with a significant reference contained in the comprehensive joint statement of India and Thailand. It made clear their strong support for the ongoing reform of the United Nations and its principal organs, with a view to making the organisation more democratic, transparent and efficient so that it can deal more effectively with the myriad challenges of the contemporary world.

Since Thailand is expected to be elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2017-2018, it is useful to remember that the prime ministers of Thailand and India emphasised the importance of early UN reforms. It must, they said, reflect modern realities and function in a more accountable, representative and effective manner. At the same time, the Thai side acknowledged India's credentials for permanent membership of the Security Council.

The active cooperation of the two countries in the vast field covered by multilateral diplomacy might lead to valuable results for regional and universal peace.

Ioan Voicu

Bangkok


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