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US to support adding new UN Security Council members

Mr. Burns, the State Department's third-ranking official would not be specific about what other country or countries the United States might also support for a permanent seat.

Japan, Germany, Brazil and India have been campaigning jointly for permanent seats and there are proposals to add several non-permanent seats as well.

However, Mr. Burns said the United States fears that a so-called "Big Bang" expansion to 25 or more seats might ________ the Security Council's effectiveness.

Mr. Burns said the United States will submit a resolution in the U.N. General Assembly setting out criteria for admission of new Security Council members.

These he said should include a country's population and ____________ , the size of its military including its capability to contribute to U.N. peacekeeping operations, its commitment to democracy and human rights, and its financial support for the United Nations.

U.S. officials have long backed Japan's candidacy because of its status as the second-largest contributor to the U.N. system behind the United States.

 
 
     
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