New UN Security Council members would forego veto rights for 15 years
New UN Security Council members would forego rights
AFP , UNITED NATIONS
Friday, Jun 10, 2005,Page 6
Germany, Brazil, India and Japan would forego their
veto rights for at least 15 years if they are accepted
as permanent members of the UN Security Council,
according to a draft proposal made public Wednesday.
The countries -- nicknamed the G4 -- are lobbying for
a permanent position on the UN Security Council, and
circulated a revised draft of their proposal, which
includes expanding the Council from the current 15
members to 25.
The revised draft, distributed to journalists, is
almost identical to an earlier proposal circulated on
May 16 calling for six new permanent seats -- four for
the G4 and two for unnamed African nations -- along
with four non-permanent seats.
According to the text the new permanent members
"should have the same responsibilities and obligations
as the current permanent members."
However, "the new permanent members shall not exercise
the right of veto" until a review 15 years after the
measure is approved, the text read.
The Security Council currently has five members with
the right to veto -- China, the US, France, Britain
and Russia -- as well as 10 non-permanent members.
German ambassador to the UN Gunter Pleuger said the
four "have tried to seek a formula that takes care of
differing interests, of the interests of the P-5, not
to be touched in their status, the interests of the
new permanent members not to be discriminated against
... and we also take care of the opinion of more than
100 delegations that the veto is undemocratic and
outdated ... "
One of the P-5 (permanent Security Council members),
France, has co-sponsored the resolution after the
amendment about a 15-year abstention from veto.
British ambassador Adam Thomson said "not yet," when
asked if London would also be a co-sponsor.
Indian ambassador to the UN, Nirupam Sen, said the G-4
was "confident that we have at present well above the
two-thirds of the vote" from the 191 UN members
required for it to pass.
The G4 nations plan to put their motion to the General
Assembly if they are certain they will get that