France's Sarkozy wants UN Security Council changes

23rd May 2008, Comments 0 comments

French President wants new seats created at the UN Security Council so more countries can be represented at the influential body.

23 May 2008

LUANDA - French President Nicolas Sarkozy wants new seats created at the UN Security Council so more countries can be represented at the influential body, he said in an interview published here Friday.

Saying he "deeply regretted" that negotiations to reform the Security Council had stalled, Sarkozy indicated he would support an interim solution creating a new category of seats.

"I am ready to envision an interim reform that could allow for a new category of seats with a longer term than that of members who are currently elected, and which would be renewable," he told Jornal de Angola ahead of his arrival here Friday for talks with President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

"At the end of the initial phase, it could be decided that those seats be transformed into permanent seats," he said.

He called stalled talks on reform a "deep injustice and intolerable".

France supports adding permanent seats to the Security Council to include Germany, Japan, Brazil, India and two African countries to be determined.

The Security Council currently includes five permanent members - France, the United States, Russia, China and Britain - and 10 non-permanent members elected to two-year terms by the UN General Assembly.

Proponents of Security Council reform say the body must change to reflect the economic and political shifts occurring worldwide.

[AFP / Expatica]

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