Germany wants the UN to reform to reflect the world "as it is"

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Guido Westerwelle, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany

A Security Council without permanent seats for Africa and Latin America does not reflect the realities of today's world.

Dr. Guido Westerwelle, Germany's Foreign Minister, made these remarks on Saturday as he delivered a speech to the United Nations General Assembly.

He also added that a single permanent seat for Asia was not enough either.

Dr. Westerwelle said Germany, along with its partners Japan, India and Brazil, was prepared to assume greater responsibility.

"We are seeking reform of the United Nations so that its power to build consensus, establish global rules and act effectively in response to crises and conflicts is demonstrably strengthened. This is a call not only to the United Nations itself, but also to each and every individual member state. Only if we are prepared to compromise and willing to act together will we be able to make the United Nations strong. A strong United Nations is in Germany's interest."

The Security Council, the organ responsible for peace and security in the world, has 15 Members but only five are permanent with veto powers.

The five permanent members are China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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