СRICТ States See Role In New World Order

BANGALORE, India — The foreign ministers of Russia, India and China agreed Tuesday to ramp up cooperation on issues like energy security and United Nations reforms as part of their efforts to help develop a new world order.

The ministers, speaking at the ninth annual trilateral Russia-India-China, or RIC, talks, held this year in Bangalore, said they would collectively leverage their status as three of the world’s developing giants to make the international governance structure less unilateral and more emerging-market friendly.

“RIC, as an international format, is an important factor in the development of an emerging pluralistic world order,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters following meetings with India’s S.M. Krishna and China’s Yang Jiechi.

“We agreed to coordinate our efforts to create a more democratic world system and to align our approaches in international discussions concerning energy security and climate change,” Lavrov said.

The meeting came just a week after Krishna paid a visit to Lavrov and President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow for talks on increasing the two country’s military and economic ties.

A good portion of the ministerial talks on Tuesday focused on combating terrorism and drug trafficking in Afghanistan.

“We are by no means indifferent to what is going on in the country and in adjacent countries,” said Lavrov, who also condemned a recent terrorist attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul.

Krishna said the three ministers agreed that more mutual cooperation between their countries in the fight against terrorism and the production and trade of narcotics in Afghanistan would help restore peace and security to the region and beyond.

The chief diplomats also discussed their support for increased regulation of North Korea’s and Iran’s nuclear programs.

Addressing reporters, Lavrov and his Chinese and Indian counterparts underscored the tripartite coalition’s intention of bringing about greater overall global stability by opening up opportunities for developing nations in international bodies.

“China, India and Russia are major emerging countries and share similar positions,” Jiechi said. “We have a collective need to introduce greater democracy and make the international order more just.”

In a communique released shortly after the talks, the Russian and Chinese ministers reiterated their countries’ support for “India’s aspirations to play a greater role in the United Nations.”

Pressing for increased participation from developing countries in the international body is nothing new for Russia. Both Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin have for years been calling for the UN Security Council to expand beyond its current five-country permanent membership board.

Krishna also announced that next year’s RIC talks would take place in China.

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