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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, May 5) – Fiji has lent its voice to growing calls for reform of the United Nations Security Council, calling for a permanent seat for Japan and India.

In a speech at a UN meeting in New York, the First Secretary at Fiji's Permanent Mission, Sanivalati Navoti, said reform is not only vital to the UN but to the world.

"We also agree with the suggestion that the membership of the council ought to be broadly representative of the realities of power in today's world," he said.

Navoti said Fiji supports the "Model A" proposal, which UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan put forward in a report last month. The model provides for six new permanent seats with no veto being created, and three non-permanent seats with two-year terms, divided among Africa, Asia and Pacific, Europe and the Americas.

Fiji wants a place for Japan and India as well as Brazil and South Africa in an enlarged Security Council

Model B provides for no new permanent seats but creates a new category of eight four-year renewable-term seats and one new two year non-permanent (and non-renewable) seat, divided among the major regional areas.

Member states are to consider the two options and agree to take a decision on this issue before the summit in September this year.

May 5, 2005


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