Schroeder remains optimistic on bid for UN seat

25th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 July 2005, BERLIN - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder insisted in a newspaper interview published Saturday that Germany could still secure a seat on an expanded United Nations' Security Council, despite resistance from China and Washington.

25 July 2005

BERLIN - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder insisted in a newspaper interview published Saturday that Germany could still secure a seat on an expanded United Nations' Security Council, despite resistance from China and Washington.

Schroeder told the daily Bild that opposition to enlarging the security council was aimed primarily at other nations seeking a permanent seat, rather than Germany.

Winning a permanent seat is one of the key foreign policy pillars of Schroeder's Social Democrat-Green Party coalition.

Germany, along with Brazil, India and Japan, is a member of the so-called Group of Four (G4).

The G4 has drawn up a draft resolution to expand the council to 25 members, but has met resistance from key countries, notably the United States and China.

Germany's battle for a permanent United Nations (U.N.) comes against the backdrop of a national election set for mid- September.

Gaining a security council seat, however, is not a foreign policy priority of opposition Chancellor candidate Angela Merkel, who has been arguing for broader U.N. reform.

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Subject: German news

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