The United Kingdom has voiced support for India, Germany, Japan and Brazil to sit as permanent members in an expanded UN Security Council.
UK Ambassador Barbara Woodward said that the United Kingdom has long called for the expansion of the Security Council in both the permanent and non-permanent categories, PTI reported.
Woodward made the comments during the General Assembly debate on Security Council reform on Thursday.
Our position is well known. The United Kingdom has long called for the expansion of the Security Council in both the permanent and non-permanent categories, Woodward was quoted as saying.
We support the creation of new permanent seats for India, Germany, Japan and Brazil, as well as permanent African representation on the Council. We also support an expansion of the non-permanent category of membership, taking the Security Council’s total membership to somewhere in the mid-twenties, she said.
Woodward said with these changes, the Council would be more representative of the world today.
And, coupled with a renewed commitment to the UN Charter, it would be better able to respond decisively to threats to international peace and security, she said.
Among the five permanent members of the 15-nation Council, the US, UK, France, and Russia have supported a permanent seat for India in the UN body.
India’s current two-year term as a non-permanent member of the Security Council will end next month after it has presided over the 15-nation Council.