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Southasia - - Briefing -

In a closely mon­i­tored elec­tion, In­dia has squarely beaten China and as­sumed a seat on the Joint In­spec­tion Unit (JIU): the United Na­tion’s over­sight body. The JIU is a sub­sidiary com­po­nent of the Gen­eral Assem­bly. The Unit that ad­min­is­ters sep­a­rate funds and pro­grams con­tains a stature that is rec­og­nized by UN Spe­cial­ized Agen­cies. The JIU is com­posed of not more than eleven In­spec­tors, each of whom serves a five-year term, re­new­able only once.

China has held the Asian seat for the past ten years and the only other Asian In­spec­tor in the pow­er­ful Unit that com­mands over­sight of the UN and its ac­tiv­i­ties is the Ja­panese rep­re­sen­ta­tive. In­dia has pre­vi­ously held the seat only once, in 1968. Part of the rea­son for its con­tes­ta­tion was the ex­pec­ta­tion that China would not en­ter into a bid for re-elec­tion, hav­ing al­ready re­newed its term once.

How­ever, one of the “Big Five,” China sought re-elec­tion and was promptly de­feated by In­dia that safely se­cured 106 votes against 77. In­dia, iron­i­cally, is also seek­ing a per­ma­nent seat in the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil and this move is ex­pected to gain the coun­try some mo­men­tum in its ap­pli­ca­tion. In­dia starts its five-year term in the Joint In­spec­tion Unit on Jan­uary 1, 2013.

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