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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Expanding The Security Council

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UNITED NATIONS - (KRT) - Japan, Brazil, Germany and India - known as the Group of Four nations - who are seeking permanent seats on the U.N. Security Council, presented a draft resolution Monday calling for the council's expansion.

The draft, unveiled at a meeting of representatives from about 70 countries, calls for the creation of an additional six permanent and four nonpermanent seats.

Although this is a welcome move to present more diversity within the United Nations, adding more members to the Security Council may not make it more efficient. As the last Iraqi war has proven, the Security Council is so political in nature it has become unable to respond and define such simple concepts as genocide, something Darfur is recently proving.

Although Japan seems nervous about demanding "full rights," India is requesting that veto powers be granted along with permanent status.
The sources said Japan and India had argued fiercely over the wording of the document as India insisted the new permanent members "shall have" the same veto rights as the so-called big five, while Japan supported a compromise under which new members "should have" veto rights.

These four nations are aiming to have the resolution adopted by early June with voting by the General Assembly in early July. Two-thirds (or 128 votes) are needed for this change to be approved, and these nations might face resistance from China and possibly Pakistan, nations who have had past diplomatic disputes with Japan and India.

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