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Brazil, Germany may obtain UN council permanent seats
Updated: 2004-11-19 15:07

Brazil and Germany on Thursday stressed the need for a expansion and reform of the UN Security Council as they expected to obtain permanent seats in the organization.

Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim and his Germany counterpart Joschka Fischer made the remarks after a meeting held Thursday afternoon in Brasilia.

"The chances were never so good," said Amorim, adding that the reform of the Security Council is fundamental for the credibility of the United Nations and for making its decisions based on legitimacy.

Fischer echoed Pampuro's view, saying that the Security Council needed to become a better forum of "multilateralism" by receiving new members.

The two ministers stressed their countries' contributions on the world stage.

Brazil, Germany, India and Japan launched a united campaign for permanent seats on the council with mutual pledges of support for each other's candidacies. Any expansion would require the approvalof the UN General Assembly and the Security Council.

Fischer, who also met President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, will leave for Sao Paulo Friday.

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