Chirac calls for overhaul of 'archaic' UN

19th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

OXFORD, England, Nov 19 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac called Friday for an overhaul of the United Nations which he said was outdated and needed serious reform.

OXFORD, England, Nov 19 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac called Friday for an overhaul of the United Nations which he said was outdated and needed serious reform.

During a debate with students at Oxford Univerity, Chirac suggested that Germany, Japan, India, Brazil and a "large African country", like Nigeria or South Africa, should become permanent members of the UN Security Council.

At present there are five permanent members: the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France.

"All human organisations age a little," and "several reforms" were needed to "adapt" the UN, said Chirac on the second and final day of his official visit to Britain.

The French president said the Security Council "is no longer really representative of the world today", and called for an increase also in the number of non-permanent members.

Chirac, an outspoken critic of the decision by the United States, Britain and a handful of others to invade Iraq without UN approval, followed on from comments he made on Thursday in London suggesting the need for a new world order.

"It's the international community and the UN which, alone, has the power to say if intervention is necessary," he said.

"The principle of the right to intervention should be strictly laid down by international law which is expressed today through the United Nations."

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