World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Annan Meets Foreign Ministers Of Countries

Annan Meets Foreign Ministers Of Countries Aspiring To Permanent Security Council Membership

New York, Jul 17 2005

Senior officials from Brazil, Germany, India and Japan -- all countries that have expressed their desire to become permanent members of the United Nations Security Council -- met today with Secretary-General Kofi Annan in New York ahead of key negotiations on the issue of UN reform.

Following the midday meeting, Mr. Annan's spokesman's office said the foreign ministers of the socalled "Group of Four" met to brief Mr. Annan "on the state of play and to reassure him that they are interested in broader UN reform, as well as Security Council reform."

The G-4 have introduced a proposal to increase the Council's membership from 15 to 25, by adding 6 permanent and 4 non-permanent members. None of the new permanent members would have the veto power wielded by the current five permanent members -- China, France, Russian Federation, United Kingdom and the United States.

For his part, Mr. Annan previously had presented two models for reforming the UN's most powerful security body. The first provides for six new permanent seats -- two each from Africa and Asia and one each from Europe and the Americas, with no veto being created.

Three new two-year term non-permanent seats would be divided among the major regional areas. The second model provides for no new permanent seats but creates a new category of eight four-year renewable-term seats and one new two-year non-permanent (and non-renewable) seat, divided among the major regional areas.

The General Assembly is currently conducting negotiations on this issue as part of a larger effort to overhaul the UN as proposed by the Secretary-General, who has voiced hope that world leaders meeting at a UN summit in September will act on the recommendations in order to render the world body more effective in meeting global challenges now and in the future.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The Chemical Weapons Attack (and Response) In Syria

The past week’s headlines about the chemical attacks in Syria – and the military response by the US, France and Britain – have tended to overshadow a few of the downstream outcomes. More>>


Pacific Moves: China, Vanuatu And Australia

Washington’s vigilant deputy, doing rounds on the beat in the Pacific, has been irate of late. The central issue here is the continuing poking around of China in an area that would have been colloquially termed in the past “Australia’s neighbourhood”. More>>


Diplomatic Madness: The Expulsion of Russian Diplomats

How gloriously brave it seemed, some 23 nations coming together like a zombie collective to initiate a fairly ineffectual action in of itself: the expulsion of Russian diplomats or, as they preferred to term it, intelligence operatives. More>>


Campbell On: the US demonising of Iran

Satan may not exist, but the Evil One has always been a handy tool for priests and politicians alike. Currently, Iran is the latest bogey conjured up by Washington to (a) justify its foreign policy interventions and (b) distract attention from its foreign policy failures. More


Cyclone Gita: 70% Of Tonga Population Affected

The full scale of destruction is beginning to emerge from Tonga in the aftermath of the severe tropical cyclone Gita. Around 50,000 people, or almost 70% of the country’s population, have been affected, a third of whom are children. More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC