Germany lays out goals for Security Council tenure

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 13, 2010 17:46




BERLIN — Germany's ambassador to the United Nations on Monday stated that his country hopes to use its tenure on the Security Council to focus on fighting terrorism, peace-building and bringing climate-related threats to the forefront.

Peter Wittig said Germany also hopes to work together with fellow two-year Security Council member India to push for reforms that would include expanding the number of permanent council members — The two countries, along with Brazil and Japan are seeking permanent seats, so far held only by Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

Wittig said Monday that many UN members believe the current Security Council no longer accurately reflects the distribution of world power. Germany believes it deserves stronger representation as the UN's third-largest donor.


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