Schroeder calls on global community to boost UN
10 December 2004, TOKYO - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has called on the international community to give priority to boosting the United Nations.
10 December 2004
TOKYO - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has called on the international community to give priority to boosting the United Nations.
His comments come in the wake of proposed sweeping reforms to the UN proposed by a top-level international panel and which includes expanding the Security Council to take in new permanent members.
Having long emphasised the UN as a key global institution, Germany has joined other counries including Japan, Brazil and India in lining up as candidates for a seat on the proposed enlarged Security Council.
With this in mind Schroeder told university students in Tokyo that strengthening the role of the UN was one of the major issues facing the global community.
"The strengthening of the United Nations is one of the main issues in the international politics," Schroeder said. "This is the most important task that we have before us in the coming times."
The reform plans unvieled last month follow the deep divisions in the international community which emerged following the US-led invasion of Iraq.
Schroeder, who was speaking at the end of a five-day trip to Asia, also said he saw a good possibility that Japan could get a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, despite opposition from China.
The German Chancellor said that even though the existing five permanent members of the Security Council have veto power over the recommendations of the General Assembly on new members, he does not believe they would exercise this power.
Schroeder said his visit to Tokyo had been useful and he emphasised the importance of continued cooperation between Germany and Japan on a range of issues.
He added that the two sides have several common problems, such as aging populations in both countries and drives to implement government reforms. The German leader also pledged closer cooperation in economic matters.
The two nations also have common goals in the international arena, Schroeder said, citing the cooperation in rebuilding operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Subject: German news