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Friday, May 27, 2005

Japan, Brazil ready to drop UNSC veto-power demand

Staff writer

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva agreed Thursday to work "with maximum flexibility" to have a resolution adopted to expand the U.N. Security Council.

The announcement in a joint statement issued after their meeting is an indication the two nations are willing to drop the demand for new member veto power in the draft resolution for a larger Security Council.

The draft, written by Japan, Brazil, Germany and India, calls for the Security Council to grant new permanent members "the same responsibilities and obligations as the current permanent members," including veto power over council resolutions.

The four countries are jointly campaigning for permanent seats in an expanded Security Council.

Since most of the current five permanent members -- the United States, China, Russia, Britain and France -- are reluctant to extend veto powers to new members, Japan and Brazil have decided not to insist on it.

India, however, has said the four-nation group should stick to the demand as it is outlined in their draft resolution.

During their meeting, Lula told Koizumi that Japan's presence will be essential in the Security Council, according to a Japanese official who briefed reporters.

In their joint statement, the two leaders said the Security Council should be reformed to enhance its representation, effectiveness and credibility, and to reflect better the "reality of the international community."

Koizumi and Lula will work together to get U.N. member states to cosponsor the resolution, which will be submitted to the General Assembly in June, the statement says.

During the talks, Koizumi told Lula Japan would do its utmost to provide further assistance in the areas of education and social security so Brazilians moving here would be able to adapt to Japanese society more easily.

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The Japan Times

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