India has expressed regret over the lack of activity in the intergovernmental negotiation process for UN Security Council (UNSC) expansion, blaming it on the unwillingness of some delegations to engage in substantive discussions.

Speaking on behalf of the Group of Four (Brazil, Germany, Japan, and India), Kamboj stated that representation is an unavoidable prerequisite for legitimacy and effectiveness. The longer UNSC reform is delayed, the greater the UNSC’s lack of representation, she added.

“Member states must not allow the process to cocoon itself in perpetuity without giving their collective aspirations a definite shape,” said Ruchira Kamboj, India’s permanent representative to the UN. She was speaking on the first day of the UN General Assembly’s annual debate on UNSC reform, which saw speakers renew their commitments.