Subject: Lusa: Dili backs UN reform plan of G4 nations, says FM Horta

East Timor: Dili backs UN reform plan of G4 nations, says FM Horta

Dili, July 12 (Lusa) - East Timor will back the proposals made at the United Nations last week by the so-called G4 nations for an expansion of the UN Security Council, Dili's foreign minister said Tuesday.

José Ramos Horta, speaking after a meeting with Dili-based foreign diplomats, said the Timorese government preferred that the debate on UN reform be put back to September.

Timor was seeking a delay in the presentation of the G4's resolution, he said, to "avoid polarization" and "exacerbated debate" on the various proposals.

The 191-member UN General Assembly has already started debate on the draft resolution submitted by the G4 - Brazil, Germany, Japan and India The proposals call for the Security Council to be enlarged from its current 15 members to 25 by creating six new permanent seats without veto power and four non-permanent seats.

EL/CB.

Lusa

[ Poster's note: Additional info on SC reform and the G4 proposal can be found at http://www.globalpolicy.org/security/reform/cluster1/2005/0603models.htm

http://www.globalpolicy.org/security/reform/index.htm

http://www.globalpolicy.org/security/reform/2005/0706g4resolution.pdf ]


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