Germany urges speedy UN reform to adapt to world changes

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24 September 2004 , NEW YORK - As a candidate for a UN Security Council permanent seat, Germany has urged the UN. General Assembly to speedily take up the challenge of reforming the international organisation to adapt it to the global interdependency and connection. Foreign Minister Joschka Fisher focused his address to the 191-nation assembly only on UN reforms, particularly the UN Security Council which makes all important political decisions. "What we need is a far-reaching reform of the international s

24 September 2004

NEW YORK - As a candidate for a UN Security Council permanent seat, Germany has urged the UN. General Assembly to speedily take up the challenge of reforming the international organisation to adapt it to the global interdependency and connection.

Foreign Minister Joschka Fisher focused his address to the 191-nation assembly only on UN reforms, particularly the UN Security Council which makes all important political decisions.

"What we need is a far-reaching reform of the international system and its institutions that takes due account of these changes," he said.

"And this is a reform we need urgently because we have to create an effective multilateral system which enables us to prevent crises together and, where this does not work, find long-term solutions."

He asked the assembly to use the next 12 months "to launch the long overdue reforms and achieve tangible results."

Germany, Japan, Brazil and India this week signed a declaration calling themselves the "legitimate candidates" for permanent seats on the 15-nation council. The current permanent members are the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain.

Talks to reform the council began more than a decade ago, but stalled on the issues of enlargement.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

 

 

 

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