Annan backs Security Council expansion; US still opposes G-4 plan

Annan backs Security Council expansion; US still opposes G-4 plan

[JURIST] As UN General Assembly debate continued Wednesday on a proposed expansion of the UN Security Council, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan weighed in on the general proposition, telling reporters, "The council can be more democratic and more representative." The US supports expansion in principle [US General Assembly address], but is opposed the so-called G-4 plan [JURIST report], which would add six permanent seats and four rotating seats to the 15-nation council, although veto powers would not be expanded beyond the present "Big Five" of the US, Russia, China, France, and the UK. Russia and China are also opposed [Xinhuanet report] to the G-4 draft, but France and England approve. The proposal, requiring 128 votes in the 191-nation General Assembly to pass, seems likely to fail [AP report]. Reuters has more.