Schroeder to pressure Bushfor UN Security Council seat

24th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

24 June 2005, BERLIN - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will use talks with President George W. Bush in Washington on Monday to lobby for a permanent seat for Germany on the U.N. Security Council, Berlin governmental sources said on Friday.

24 June 2005

BERLIN - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will use talks with President George W. Bush in Washington on Monday to lobby for a permanent seat for Germany on the U.N. Security Council, Berlin governmental sources said on Friday.

The chancellor continues to be confident that prospects are good for Germany's Security Council hopes, the sources said.

The Bush administration has gone on record saying it favours adding Japan and one other nation as permanent Security Council members. But it has strongly indicated that a pan-European seat might be preferable to one for Germany alone.

Germany favours a plan that would enlarge the council to 25 seats, including six new permanent ones and four rotating seats. The G4 nations seek four of the six new permanent seats for themselves.

The chancellor, meanwhile, is said to be confident that international support in the U.N. General Assembly for the German proposal is growing. The assembly requires a two-thirds majority to change the U.N. ground rules.

During a three-hour meeting at the White House, Schroeder will also brief Bush on the European Union (E.U.) budget crisis, sources said. The two leaders will also discuss preparations for the July 6-8 G8 summit in Scotland.

DPA

Subject: German news

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