G4 to distribute Security Council expansion plan

8th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

8 July 2005, BERLIN - Proposals for an expansion of the United Nations Security Council drawn up by the so-called Group of Four (G4) are to be officially handed out Friday in New York to U.N. member states, the German foreign ministry said.

8 July 2005

BERLIN - Proposals for an expansion of the United Nations Security Council drawn up by the so-called Group of Four (G4) are to be officially handed out Friday in New York to U.N. member states, the German foreign ministry said.

Germany, which along with Japan, Brazil and India is a member of the G4, is hoping that reform of the council will result in it gaining a permanent seat on the world body. Efforts to secure such a seat have been a key part of German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's foreign policy.

Signs that Berlin might be successful could represent a political boost to Schroeder's Social Democrat-led government as it enters the campaign for national elections likely to be held in September.

A draft resolution setting out plans to extend the security council to 25 members including six new permanent and four temporary seats was presented on June 8.

German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer was planning to fly late Friday to London for talks with other G4 members.

The key debate of the U.N. assembly over the reform of the Security Council meanwhile begins on Monday in New York.

One of the next steps will be for the group to officially place its proposed changes in a resolution before the U.N. General Assembly, where it needs to win a two-thirds majority to push the changes forward.

Speaking at the Group of Eight (G8) leading industrial nations meeting in Scotland Thursday, Schroeder described the proposed resolution as a "convincing concept".

But, he went on to say, "we will have to see whether it will succeed", adding that this also depended on the G4 remaining together.

DPA

Subject: German news

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