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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Sept. 23) – The Solomon Islands has called on the United Nations General Assembly to give Japan a permanent seat within the Security Council.

Foreign Affairs Minister Laurie Chan, at the 60th United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, said the membership of the Council must reflect the political and economic realities of our time.

"In this regard, Solomon Islands supports the expansion of the Security Council and feels that countries such as Japan that has strong bilateral links with Solomon Islands should be accorded a permanent seat within the Security Council. Japan’s inclusion will contribute towards bridging the divide between the multilateral institution and member states."

Mr Chan also called for the inclusion of Taiwan into the United Nations, which was founded on the principle of maintaining international peace and security.

Over the years, he said some threats continue to receive more attention than others do.

The Anti-Secession Law enacted by the Peoples Republic of China in March this year has threatened peace and security on the Taiwan Strait.

The situation creates a security vacuum that if left unattended, will continue to fester and question the credibility of this premier multilateral institution.

There exist no mechanisms to address such threats within the parameters of the UN Charter. Solomon Islands therefore renew its call to have the issue debated within this Assembly.

"In this regard, time has now come for this body to allow Taiwan, a major player within the international economic system, to take its rightful place within the United Nations.

"This august body can not once again ignore the plight of the 23 million people of Taiwan.

September 26, 2005

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