Indian diplomacy gets setback in UN as UNSC permanent members set to ditch India against Britain

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Indian diplomacy gets setback in UN as UNSC permanent members set to ditch India against Britain
UNITED NATIONS: The permanent members of the UN Security Council are ready to ditch India in ICJ for the India's nominee Dalveer Bhandari against Britain's candidate in the election to the last seat of the World Court.

Bhandari and Britain's Christopher Greenwood are locked in a neck-and-neck fight for re-election to the Hague-based International Court of Justice, the sources say.

The permanent members of the Security Council -- the US, Russia, France and China -- appeared to have rallied behind Greenwood. Britain is the fifth permanent member of the Security Council.

In the 11 rounds of election so far, Bhandari has been receiving support of nearly two-third of the members of the General Assembly, but is trailing by three votes against Greenwood in the Security Council.

The 12th round of elections has been scheduled for today.

Britain on Friday in an informal consultation of the UN Security Council members mooted the idea of joint conference mechanism as it feels that this could be their only face saving exit strategy, informed sources said.

As shared with other members of the Security Council during informal consultations, Britain would prefer to stop voting on the ICJ elections after the first round.