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Senior minister says Germany should abandon U.N. Security Council seat bid

Senior minister says Germany should abandon U.N. Security Council seat bid

A senior minister from Chancellor Angela Merkel's party said Friday that Germany should drop its push for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council.
"We should focus our limited energy and strength on more intelligent, future-oriented solutions aimed at a stronger ability to act for Europe," Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said.
Schaeuble, who was addressing a security conference, stressed that this was his personal view.
Under Merkel's predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder, Germany joined with Japan, India and Brazil in an unsuccessful bid to gain permanent seats on the Security Council. That reform effort foundered in 2005.
Merkel's coalition government of her conservatives and Schroeder's Social Democrats has officially upheld the goal of a German seat, but has let the issue to slip down its diplomatic agenda.
Schaeuble, a former leader and veteran politician for Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party, didn't say whether he agreed with adding a European seat to the Security Council, an idea favored by Italy.
There are already two European countries _ France and Britain _ among the five permanent members of the council, alongside the United States, Russia and China.


Updated : 2021-10-21 14:23 GMT+08:00