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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Japan makes more flexible attempt at permanent Security Council seat


NEW YORK — Ambassador to the U.N. Tsuneo Nishida has put forward Japan's latest opinions on changing the Security Council makeup, offering greater flexibility.

"Japan is ready to discuss, with a flexible and realistic viewpoint, various options that will pave the way for the expansion in both the permanent and nonpermanent categories," Nishida said during U.N. intergovernmental negotiations Monday.

The options include "establishing a longer-term category with the possibility of its conversion to the permanent category after a certain period of time," he said.

As part of the Group of Four countries with Brazil, India and Germany — all aspirants for permanent seats in a reformed Security Council — Japan has been campaigning to increase the number of both permanent and nonpermanent members, but Nishida's remarks indicate more flexibility to move the process forward amid conflicting opinions between U.N. members.

"The status quo (and) inaction are not options," Nishida said. "If we, the member states, truly believe that Security Council reform is indispensable for the future of the U.N. We need to prove it through concrete actions."

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