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India, Japan to push ahead on UN reforms

Saturday 30 April 2005, by BARUAH*Amit

NEW DELHI: India and Japan on Friday reiterated their desire to push ahead on U.N. Security Council reforms.

In a joint statement after talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his counterpart Junichiro Koizumi, both sides stressed the importance of taking a decision on the issue before the September 2005 summit, as recommended by Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

The statement said:

"They note with satisfaction the ongoing cooperation between India and Japan, including in the G-4 [along with Germany and Brazil] setting, to bring about reform of the U.N. Security Council, by expanding the membership of both permanent and non-permanent categories ...

"They reiterate their support for each other’s candidature, based on the firmly shared recognition that India and Japan are legitimate candidates for permanent membership in an expanded Security Council..."

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