India slams UNSC Sanctions Committees for ‘opacity’, ‘lack of accountability’

India has slammed the UN Security Council’s Sanctions Committees, saying they are opaque and lack accountability and never inform the reason for not acceding to requests for sanctioning terrorists. India’s criticism is in an apparent reference to China repeatedly blocking New Delhi’s bid to list Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said in an age where informed publics increasingly demand transparency from public institutions, the Sanctions Committees are the most egregious examples known to multilateralism in terms of their opacity and lack of accountability.

He was addressing a UNSC debate on ‘Strengthening Multilateralism and the role of the United Nations’ on Friday. Akbaruddin said, it is obvious that the UNSC is facing crises of performance, credibility, legitimacy and relevance.

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