Koizumi to discuss UN reforms with Musharraf

March 6th, 2008 - 1:01 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Pervez Musharraf
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New Delhi, April 29 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi Friday said he will discuss reforms in the UN Security Council with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.
Koizumi, who was here on a three-day visit, will fly to Islamabad Saturday.

Koizumi’s proposal to discuss UN reforms with Musharraf acquires significance as Pakistan has been opposing India’s bid for a permanent seat in the Security Council.

“The issue of veto power for the new members of the Security Council was discussed between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Koizumi,” a senior Japanese foreign ministry official told reporters.

India and Japan have supported each other’s candidature for the Security Council and agreed to take a decision on its reform before the Millennium Review Summit in New York in September.

Cooperation in UN and other international organisations form a crucial component of the eight-point initiative in the joint statement issued by Manmohan Singh and Koizumi.

The two leaders expressed satisfaction at the ongoing cooperation between the two countries, including in the G-4 setting (India, Japan, Germany and Brazil), to bring about Security Council reforms by expanding the membership of both permanent and non-permanent categories.

Koizumi described the G-4 as a “landmark” for cooperation between its members for a permanent Security Council seat.

The Japanese prime minister’s views came a day after UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, during an India visit, said that new Security Council members should not expect veto powers.

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