Annan schedules meeting with G4 countries

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10 June 2005, NEW YORK - After offering a compromise on Wednesday in their quest to become permanent members of the UN Security Council, Germany, Japan, India and Brazil were invited on Thursday to meet with UN secretary general Kofi Annan.

10 June 2005

NEW YORK - After offering a compromise on Wednesday in their quest to become permanent members of the UN Security Council, Germany, Japan, India and Brazil were invited on Thursday to meet with UN secretary general Kofi Annan.

The UN announced Annan was to meet late on Friday in New York with representatives of the four countries, known as the G4. Annan told journalists he was studying the draft version of the compromise and wanted to talk with representatives of the four countries about the next steps.

He already has met several times with the G4 countries, and he said he met with the ambassadors of about 100 countries on Thursday morning to discuss UN reform.

"As you know, I've always encouraged the member states to continue the dialogue, to continue the search for consensus," Annan told reporters. "There's lots of discussions and dialogue going on. I will continue my own dialogue with the G4 tomorrow."

Under the compromise presented on Wednesday the four countries would forgo the veto power afforded to the current five permanent members for at least 15 years.

The draft resolution on the reforms, which would require a two- thirds majority to pass the UN General Assembly, proposes the addition of six new permanent seats and four rotating seats to the current 15-member council.

The proposal by the four countries, which are lobbying to become permanent members along with two as-yet-unnamed African countries, was a reaction to opposition from an array of UN members to their ambitions of joining the UN's highest decision-making body.

Annan wants the assembly to vote on the reform proposals at a meeting in September.

DPA

Subject: German news

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