Chirac, Schroeder discuss Security Council reform

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19 July 2005, PARIS - French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder held a phone conversation Tuesday about a proposal to reform the U.N. Security Council, the president's spokesman Jerome Bonnafont said.

19 July 2005

PARIS - French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder held a phone conversation Tuesday about a proposal to reform the U.N. Security Council, the president's spokesman Jerome Bonnafont said.

The discussion concerned "the progress of discussions at the U.N. General Assembly on the proposal of the G4 (countries)", Germany, Japan, Brazil and India, Bonnafont said.

These four countries have introduced a proposal for a resolution that would increase the number of seats in the Security Council from 15 to 25, with six of the new seats being permanent but without the right to veto.

The talks between Chirac and Schroeder took place several hours before the visit to Paris of Schroeder's opponent in the next general elections, Christian Democratic Union head Angela Merkel.

During her one-day visit, Merkel is scheduled to hold talks with Chirac as well as Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin and Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy.

DPA

Subject: German news

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