photo(Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura)

Statement by Mr. Nobutaka Machimura, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the Extraordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) concerning the Africa's position on Security Council reform

March 8, 2005
Japanese

  1. At the Extraordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU), March 7 to 8 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, AU agreed on its position on Security Council reform, including not less than two permanent seats for Africa in an expanded Security Council.

  2. Japan supports an idea of expanding the membership of the Security Council, both in permanent and non-permanent categories, including developing and developed countries in the permanent membership, an idea based on Model A in the High-level Panel Report submitted in December 2004 to Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In this regard, Japan welcomes AU's decision. Japan pays high respect to AU's and African countries' efforts toward achieving African's common position.

  3. 2005 is the UN's 60th anniversary. The U.N. reform is gathering momentum as we approach this year's High-level Plenary Meeting in September. Japan will continue to strengthen its efforts towards realizing U.N. Security Council reform, together with other partners, particularly African countries.
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