Thursday, June 16, 2005

UN Reform

It is good to see the US finally backing UN reform, even if it is not as extensive a reform as has been proposed. The US is prepared to allow two new permanent members of the Security Council, one is likely to be Japan, the other one of Brazil, India, South Africa and (I think) Germany.

I read somewhere the other day that the proposal was to expand the Council to 25 Members, 10 of them permanent. This would accommodate the big countries seeking a permanent seat. However, these countries, as part of their proposal, were to obtain veto power. That seems to me to be slightly ridiculous. The veto system is essentially unworkable as it is, it would be counterproductive to expand the number of countries whose consent is required before action can take place.

Anyway, at least movement is afoot.


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