New Delhi, Nov 22: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), headed by Sushma Swaraj, ran an intense diplomatic campaign to ensure the victory of Dalveer Bhandari at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) election against Britain’s Christopher Greenwood. Sushma Swaraj made 60 calls to her counterparts around the world to garner support for India’s candidate Dalveer Bhandari.Also Read - India Surpasses Brazil to Become No. 1 In Food Supply To Arab Nations In 15 Years

Justice Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected to the ICJ on Monday after the UN General Assembly rallied behind him in a show of strength that made Britain bow to the majority and withdraw its candidate Christopher Greenwood. With Bhandari’s re-election, India breached the dominance of P5 (US, UK, China, France, Russia) countries in the Security Council, which will bolster New Delhi’s case for a permanent UNSC seat. Also Read - India vs Pakistan: India Eye to Avenge 10-Wicket T20 World Cup Loss vs Pakistan, Schedule to be Announced in January

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While Dalveer Bhandari had a majority in General Assembly, UK’s Christopher Greenwood was leading in the Security Council. The UK was trying to invoke a mechanism of UN General Assembly and Security Council Joint Conference, which has never been used in the history of ICJ election. Some members of the p5 refused to endorse UK’s proposal, which was described as ‘undemocratic’ by New Delhi, leaving Britain alone on the issue.

“It was the shift in the position of some key P5 countries after UK’s proposal that ensured Bhandari’s success,” a senior official was quoted as saying. “This was a seminal day in Indian diplomacy marking a shift in global perceptions of India,” said India’s permanent representative to UN Syed Akbaruddin, who received a special mention from Swaraj for his efforts.

India’s victory assumes significance as this was the first time that a P5 nation was in direct contest with a non-member of the Security Council for the post of a judge at the ICJ. Following Bhandari’s election, Sushma Swaraj tweeted: “Vande Mataram – India wins election.” She added: “Huge efforts by Team MEA.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Swaraj and her department for the major success at the ICJ. Bhandari will start his term from February 2018.