Merkel floats ‘reform’ of UN Security Council in address at UN meeting

Merkel floats ‘reform’ of UN Security Council in address at UN meeting
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[Ed. – Not a big surprise.  There’s a case to be made that the UNSC should have more permanent members.  That said, changing the UNSC will simply become part of a general trend toward meaninglessness for the UN as a whole.  The UN is nothing without U.S. power.]

It is high time the United Nations Security Council is reformed to reflect the real distribution of power across the world in the 21st century, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday.

“We need a new method of work to solve problems,” Merkel said. “That makes reform of the Security Council necessary, reform which reflects the real power in the world better than the situation today.”

The appeal was in a summary of Merkel’s opening remarks at a meeting with her counterparts from Brazil, India and Japan provided to reporters by the German delegation. …

“We have to proceed very wisely,” she added, according to the summary. “We have to find allies to reach our goal of reform.” …

Germany, Japan, India and Brazil say the world is very different from what it was in 1945 and the Security Council should reflect that. Germany and Japan, which are global financial powers and top contributors to the United Nations, argue that they deserve permanent council seats.

“The current atmosphere is that not only we four but many others don’t agree with the structure and the working method of the Security Council,” Merkel told the other leaders. “We want to take others with us to reach a modern working structure of the Security Council which suits the 21st century.”

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