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G-4 submits proposal to change UN Security Council framework

[JURIST] In an anticipated move Wednesday, Germany, Japan, Brazil and India, also known as the G-4, submitted their UN Security Council [official website] restructuring plan to the UN General Assembly. The resolution proposes changing the current UN Security Council structure [UN profile] by adding six more permanent seats, and delaying the veto rights of new members for 15 additional years. Following a decision to delay submission of the resolution in order to get input from the US and Africa, the group announced its plan to seek a vote [JURIST report] on the matter last month. The African Union has announced plans [JURIST report] to submit a similar resolution, proposing six new permanent members and five new non-permanent members, with the goal of gaining more permanent seats on the council for African nations. Negotiations between the G-4 and AU are expected to take place at the G8 summit in Scotland this week. Reuters has more.

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