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G4 nations vow to remain united

India, Germany, Brazil and Japan may reintroduce their framework resolution.

india Updated: Oct 29, 2005 12:55 IST

India, Germany, Brazil and Japan came together here on Thursday in a symbolic show of unity to reiterate their claims for permanent seats on the UN Security Council.

Foreign ministers of India, Japan and Brazil and a top official of Germany met for around one hour at the Indian permanent mission to the UN and declared their intention to reintroduce their framework resolution seeking Security Council seats.

Indian External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh underlined that the four countries remained united in their approach to sweeping UN reforms despite the US openly saying that it favours only Japan to sit on the Security Council.

Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim was more emphatic.

"We have to speak in totality. It is an assessment of the UN itself that the Security Council should be reformed," he told reporters gathered at the Indian mission. "Reforms will happen; we are confident."

A Japanese official who attended the meeting told IANS that his government had no intention of pulling out of G4 despite Washington's attempts to divide the grouping by saying that it wished to see only Japan on the Security Council.

"We will stay together, there is no doubt," the foreign ministry official said.

Natwar Singh, who took most of the questions, did not say when the reworked framework resolution would be introduced in the United Nations or what kind of changes was proposed.

"We are not in a tearing hurry," he said. "And India will not pull out of G4."

The G4 grouping has been trying to muster the support of two-third of the 191 members in the UN in support of its demands. But it is short of the target and has been banking on the 53-member African Union to prop it up.

First Published: Sep 16, 2005 10:23 IST