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China for more Third World nations in UNSC

China said it supports a thorough revamp of the UN Security Council and more representation of countries from the developing world.

india Updated: Nov 09, 2003 13:47 IST

China on Thursday said it supports a thorough revamp of the United Nations Security Council and more representation of countries from the developing world in the top UN body.

"China supports the reform and expansion of the UN Security Council," stated Zhang Qiyue, aForeign Ministry spokespersonwhen asked to comment on the issue of expansion of the UNSC.

Zhang said the UNSC's revamp should give priority to developing countries, as many had become UN members since the world body was founded more than 50 years ago.

The way to achieve reform of the UNSC should be discussed by all UN members, Zhang said.

She noted that the issue of reforms has been put on the UN agenda. At the UN General Assembly this year, Secretary-General Kofi Annan offered his proposals on UN reforms, including a revamp of the UNSC.

China, one of the five permanent members, will actively join in discussions on UN reforms, Zhang said.

At the same time, on the issue of supporting any other country, Zhang clarified that "it is too early to talk about this issue". China has not decided to support any country to the revamped UNSC.

First Published: Nov 10, 2003 00:00 IST