United Nations (Agencies): India on Friday maintained that the long pending expansion of the United Nations Security Council was inevitable and pitched for urgent reforms.

"The reform of the Security Council is inevitable," Krishna said after his meeting with the L69 group, a diverse set of countries from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific.

"It is urgent and it will have to be supported wholeheartedly and I think as a group we should carry this movement forward," he added.

Krishna is on his first trip to the UN since India became a non-permanent member on the Security Council last month after a gap of 19 years.

The L69 Group supports India's position that the Council's permanent and non-permanent categories should both be expanded, which was reiterated today by UN envoys of the countries in the group.

"There was unanimity on views in L69 group on reforms," Krishna said.

The Security Council reform process has been going on for almost two decades now.

However, several questions are yet to be answered, which include how many new seats should be created, who gets these seats and when should the veto power kick in.

Except Japan, the three other G4 countries are currently on the Council serving as non-permanent members and they are hoping to set the stage for becoming permanent members before their terms expire.