Germany, Italy squabble over UN Security Council

3rd May 2005, Comments 0 comments

3 May 2005, NEW YORK - A fight between Germany and Italy over UN reform continued on Monday when German foreign minister Joschka Fischer criticised unnamed countries not seeking permanent Security Council seats but that "do not want others to attain that goal".

3 May 2005

NEW YORK - A fight between Germany and Italy over UN reform continued on Monday when German foreign minister Joschka Fischer criticised unnamed countries not seeking permanent Security Council seats but that "do not want others to attain that goal".

His remarks were thought to be aimed at Italy. Italian UN ambassador Marcello Spatafora presented to the General Assembly two new alternatives to Secretary General Kofi Annan's Security Council reform plan.

Neither of the Italian proposals, which diplomats say have not gained much traction, would expand the permanent membership of the Security Council.

Speaking to reporters, Fischer said any plan that does not add permanent members to the council is not acceptable. However, the German official said he is willing to compromise as long as the final product still addresses the issues that brought UN reform to the forefront.

Fischer admitted that the 'Model A' reform, under which Germany, Japan, India, Brazil and two African countries would become permanent members, so far does not have the necessary two-thirds majority in the General Assembly.

"There is hard work ahead of us," Fischer said prior to his return to Berlin.

DPA

Subject: German news

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