Japan supports Africa's bid for permanent UN Security Council seat

Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Japan Sunday expressed strong support for Africa's quest for at least one permanent seat on an expanded UN Security Council.
   "Japan believes that Africa should be represented on a permanent basis on the Security Council of the United Nations, which was established prior to the independence of most African countries," Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said in a message to the ongoing African Union (AU) summit in the Nigerian capital Abuja.
He added in a statement: "Japan considers it to be crucial to expand both the permanent and non-permanent categories in the Security Council, to include both developing and developed countries, as envisaged in Model 'A' of the high-level panel's report on threats, challenges and Change.
"   Koizumi also said Japan seeks to further strengthen co-operation with the AU, in recognition of its "ever-growing significance.
"   According to him, Japan has been making a steady effort to promote co-operation with Africa through the Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD) process for over 10 years.
   The Prime Minister said 2005 would be an important year for Africa "as the continent will receive significant international attention at the G8 Gleneagles Summit in July, at the high-level plenary summit on the Millennium Declaration in September and on other occasions.

30 january 2005 18:31:00

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