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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 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...

2005-07-26 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...

2005-07-17 17:20:44

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from Brazil, India, Germany and Japan failed to reach agreement on Sunday with the African Union on rival bids for U.N. Security Council enlargement but pledged to continue negotiations. "Our differences are much smaller than our similarities," Brazil's Foreign Minister Celso Amorim told reporters after a meeting among the four aspirants for permanent council seats and ministers or their deputies from Nigeria, Libya, South...

2005-07-14 20:26:05

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Nigeria said on Thursday the African Union was willing to negotiate over disagreements with Germany, Japan, Brazil and India in its quest to enlarge the 15-member U.N. Security Council. Nigeria's foreign minister, Oluyemi Adeniji, whose country is president of the African Union, spoke a day after it appeared the AU position would be a major obstacle to a resolution put forth by Germany, Japan, Brazil and India, aspirants for permanent Security...

2005-07-14 15:32:10

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Nigeria said on Thursday the African Union was willing to negotiate over disagreements with Germany, Japan, Brazil and India in its quest to enlarge the 15-member U.N. Security Council. Nigeria's foreign minister, Oluyemi Adeniji, whose country is president of the African Union, spoke a day after it appeared the AU position would be a major obstacle to a resolution put forth by Germany, Japan, Brazil and India, aspirants for permanent Security...

2005-07-13 16:43:07

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Wednesday the 15-member Security Council needed to be expanded because it was no longer democratic, despite U.S. warnings the time was not ripe for change. Annan, who would like the U.N. General Assembly to make a decision before a U.N. summit in September, spoke as a deadlock was emerging, with foreign ministers from Germany, Brazil, Japan, India, Nigeria and Ghana in New York this weekend for probable...

2005-07-13 14:23:25

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Germany, Brazil, Japan and India are mounting a diplomatic offensive to get critical African support for their bid for an expanded U.N. Security Council to include those four states plus two from Africa, diplomats said on Wednesday. The four hope for a meeting on Sunday or Monday with their counterparts from Nigeria and Ghana, representing the 53-member African Union, and have a meeting on Sunday with U.N. General Assembly President Jean Ping,...