Berlin faces off Italy, Pakistan in UN reform fight

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28 September 2004 , ROME - Italy and Pakistan have reaffirmed their common position on how to reform the United Nations Security Council during talks Tuesday between Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi and his Pakistani counterpart, Pervez Musharraf. "Pakistan and Italy both look to a reform that would allow the United Nations to become more efficient in pursuing the duties it has been assigned," Ciampi said after the meeting at Rome's Quirinale palace. Italy, along with Pakistan and Mexico, wants to cr

28 September 2004

ROME - Italy and Pakistan have reaffirmed their common position on how to reform the United Nations Security Council during talks Tuesday between Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi and his Pakistani counterpart, Pervez Musharraf.

"Pakistan and Italy both look to a reform that would allow the United Nations to become more efficient in pursuing the duties it has been assigned," Ciampi said after the meeting at Rome's Quirinale palace.

Italy, along with Pakistan and Mexico, wants to create a three- tier system in the powerful UN Security Council involving the permanent members, four- or five-year members and two-year members.

Such a plan is opposed by Germany which, with the backing of France and Germany, is seeking a permanent seat in the council.

"We do not want to increase the privileges of some (member states) and thus make them more equal than others," Musharraf said in an apparent reference to Germany's bid.

Ciampi and Musharraf also called on the international community to put aside its divisions and agreed on the view that the UN should play a pivotal role in the global fight against terrorism.

Divisions and the disregard for international law "are risks that must be avoided", Ciampi said, adding that the fight against terrorism should also seek to "remove the factors that fuel it, such as isolation, misery and oppression".

"There is no alternative to the involvement of the entire international community if we really want to counter the expansion of militant movements, extremism and terrorism," Musharraf said.

Musharraf was scheduled to hold talks Wednesday with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi before meeting Pope John Paul II on Thursday, the third and final day of his visit to Rome.

DPA

Subject: German news

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