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2005-11-29 06:25:46

BEIJING (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan will discuss a plan to reform the United Nations Security Council during a visit to China from Dec 4 to 7, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday. "It will be Annan's seventh visit to China since he took office, and the two sides will exchange views on international and regional issues of common interest," Liu Jianchao told a news conference. Annan and Chinese leaders would also discuss proposals to reform the...

2005-11-10 18:33:20

By Larry Fine UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States called on Thursday for a fresh start to plans to expand the 15-member U.N. Security Council and reaffirmed its support for giving a permanent seat to Japan in the future. U.S. Ambassador John Bolton told the U.N. General Assembly that Washington opposed reviving any of the reform plans under debate earlier this year, including the leading proposal, which would have given new permanent seats to Germany, India and Brazil as...

2005-09-18 12:32:21

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Like the weather, everyone talks about reforming the U.N. Security Council but no one seems able to change it. This year's U.N. summit was no different. The closest the United Nations came to expanding the 15-member council was approving a plan by Germany, Japan, India and Brazil last spring. But the moment came and went without a vote. National rivalries across and within each regional group run high, although the prime ministers and...

2005-09-09 07:12:16

By Masayuki Kitano TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will forge ahead with its bid for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council along with Germany, Brazil and India, but might need a new approach to gain more support, a Japanese official said on Friday. Japan has stepped up a decade-old drive for a permanent seat, but it has faced lukewarm U.S. support and opposition from Asian neighbors including China, which resents what it perceives as Japan's failure to atone for its war-time past....

2005-08-07 11:47:17

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Japan, Germany, Brazil and India's bid to expand the U.N. Security Council appears doomed following Africa's steadfast refusal to join forces with them in their quest for permanent council seats. Despite optimistic comments from Germany and others, many diplomats say the 53-nation African Union's insistence on its own plan has crippled chances for a successful vote on the proposal by Japan, Germany, Brazil and India, known as the Group of Four...

2005-08-04 12:59:46

By Anaclet Rwegayura ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Africa on Thursday rejected overtures from U.N. Security Council aspirants Brazil, Germany, Japan and India to back their proposal for reforming the world body in charge of matters of war and peace. African Union (AU) leaders meeting in Addis Ababa voted to ratify their own plan for reforming the council -- which still reflects the balance of power in 1945 -- rather than endorse an alternative proposal from the so-called Group of Four (G4)....

2005-08-04 07:39:46

By Anaclet Rwegayura ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - African leaders meeting in Ethiopia to seek a common position on expanding the U.N. Security Council heard a warning on Thursday that their continent had most to lose if they failed to reach consensus. Opening the summit, African Union (AU) chairman Olusegun Obasanjo urged leaders and delegates from the 53 nations to unify their stance and negotiate with others outside Africa. "We need to negotiate with other groups, unless our objective is to...

2005-08-03 18:55:31

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - African leaders meet in Ethiopia on Thursday for a one-day, single-issue summit intended to thrash out a common position on the contentious question of expanding the U.N. Security Council. Guarded by thousands of extra police on the streets of Addis Ababa, heads of state and representatives from the 53-nation African Union (AU) were to begin debate from 11 a.m. (0800 GMT). Delegates from Brazil, Germany, Japan and India -- the so-called Group of Four (G4) aspirants...

2005-07-26 19:41:38

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Italy's U.N. ambassador on Tuesday said seekers of U.N. Security Council seats were engaging in blackmail and financial threats to win support for their resolution to enlarge the 15-member body. In a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Ambassador Marcello Spatafora accused Germany, Japan, India and Brazil, aspirants for permanent council seats known as the Group of Four, or G-4, of "blackmailing some sector of the membership." He referred to...

2005-07-25 23:52:19

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura looked likely on Tuesday to skip a regional gathering in Laos this week in favor of seeking support in New York for Japan's bid for a permanent membership on the United Nations Security Council. Machimura and foreign ministers from Brazil, Germany and India agreed at talks in London on Monday to work with African countries to formulate a joint proposal for council expansion. The move came after the four -- contenders for new...


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