UN General Assembly set to open reform debate

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7 July 2005, NEW YORK - The U.N. General Assembly is set to start debate on Monday over reform of the Security Council, diplomats said Wednesday in New York. The discussion will determine the prospects for a push by Germany, Japan, Brazil and India to become permanent members of the United Nations' highest political body. The four countries want the 15-member council to be expanded to 25 members, to include six new permanent members and four interim permanent members. Currently, only five countries have pe

7 July 2005

NEW YORK - The U.N. General Assembly is set to start debate on Monday over reform of the Security Council, diplomats said Wednesday in New York.

The discussion will determine the prospects for a push by Germany, Japan, Brazil and India to become permanent members of the United Nations' highest political body.

The four countries want the 15-member council to be expanded to 25 members, to include six new permanent members and four interim permanent members. Currently, only five countries have permanent seats with veto rights - the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain.

The group of four have said they would waive veto-rights for at least 15 years in exchange for permanent seats.

A vote on the principle of expansion is expected at the earliest on Wednesday, and would need a two-thirds vote of the General Assembly's membership to pass.

Later votes would then determine which countries would get the seats.

DPA

Subject: German, international news

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