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Japan to propose new resolution for Security Council bid

[JURIST] Japan announced plans Thursday to revise the so-called G-4 plan [JURIST news archive] for expansion of the UN Security Council [official website] after the African Union rejected their previous proposal [JURIST report]. The new plan will be presented to the UN in September and is expected to add another non-permanent seat for an African country. The original plan added six permanent members to the Security Council including Japan, Germany, Brazil, and India along with two African nations, but the G-4 nations and the AU could not agree on the number of non-permanent seats to add. The US and China have vowed to use their veto power to block any Security Council expansion [JURIST report]. In an interview published Thursday in German newsweekly Die Zeit [official website, in German], former President Clinton stated his support for Security Council expansion [AFP report], saying that the body must be more representative of the world to tackle the complicated issues it faces. After a one-day summit in Tokyo, Central American countries vowed to support Japan's bid to become a permanent member [Kyodo News Agency report]. AP has more.

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