China to oppose enlarged Security Council plan

3rd June 2005, Comments 0 comments

3 June 2005, NEW YORK - China's ambassador to the United Nations spoke out for the first time decisively on Thursday about adding new permanent members such as Germany to the UN Security Council, saying it would be "dangerous".

3 June 2005

NEW YORK - China's ambassador to the United Nations spoke out for the first time decisively on Thursday about adding new permanent members such as Germany to the UN Security Council, saying it would be "dangerous".

Wang Guangya also said a plan to expand the permanent membership of the council to include Japan, Germany, India and Brazil could split the United Nations.

China, which has veto power as one of the current five permanent members of the council, will oppose the plan if the four countries continue to push for permanent seats, Wang said.

UN secretary general Kofi Annan met with Wang on Thursday evening and admitted to journalists afterward that China's position could interfere with his timetable for UN reform.

"Basically, the concern is how quickly does one move and how quickly does one put a resolution down, and wishing the dialogue to go on for a bit more and for one to continue searching for a consensus," Annan said, according to a transcript released by the UN.

The China Daily early on Friday quoted a foreign ministry spokesman as saying China opposes forcing through any resolution that "splits" the United Nations' membership and is detrimental to its reform process.

Kong Quan, speaking at a regular news briefing, echoed Wang's statement, saying China hopes all relevant parties take the long-term interests of the UN and its member countries into account and negotiate a common consensus, the China Daily said on its website.

Kong also said the reform should give more opportunities to smaller countries to participate in decision-making within the UN Security Council. In addition it should adhere to the principle of keeping balance among regions.

He said reform of the Security Council is only part of UN reform plans, but too much attention has been given to the issue.

On 16 May, Germany, Japan, India and Brazil demanded that they be given the "same responsibilities and obligations" now carried out by the five current veto-wielding permanent members of the council.

The four countries are seeking to enlarge the Security Council from the current 15 members to 25.

Annan has said a vote on reform should be held in September.

DPA

Subject: German news

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