New Delhi, Nov 19, 2022: France has voiced its support for India, Germany, Brazil and Japan as permanent members in an expanded UN Security Council, highlighting the need for the emergence of new powers willing and able to assume the responsibility of a permanent presence in the powerful world body.
“France’s position is constant and well known. We want the Council to be more representative of today’s world, in a way that further strengthens its authority and effectiveness,” Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the UN Nathalie Broadhurst said on Friday.
She was addressing the UN General Assembly plenary meeting on the ‘Question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council and other matters related to the Security Council’.
“We must indeed take into account the emergence of new powers that are willing and able to assume the responsibility of a permanent presence in the Security Council,” Broadhurst said.
Broadhurst stated that in order to preserve its executive and operational nature, an enlarged Council could have up to 25 members.
“France supports the candidacy of Germany, Brazil, India and Japan as permanent members. We would also like to see a stronger presence of African countries, including among the permanent members. The remaining seats should be allocated in order to achieve equitable geographical representation,” she said.
Additionally, the United Kingdom has also voiced support for India, Germany, Japan and Brazil to become permanent members in an expanded UN Security Council.
“Our position is well known. The United Kingdom has long called for the expansion of the Security Council in both the permanent and non-permanent categories,” UK Ambassador Barbara Woodward said at the General Assembly debate on Security Council reform.