Does Annan back Japan for UNSC seat?
UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appeared on Monday to back Japan for a permanent seat on an expanded UN Security Council as part of a broad package of UN reforms. “Of course, one (seat) goes to Japan,” he told a news conference when asked about his proposal for enlarging the 15-nation council to make it more representative. He named no other countries, and aides later declined to say if his statement was deliberate or a slip of the tongue. But a note to correspondents said Annan, in naming Japan, “certainly did not intend to preempt the prerogative of member-states to make a decision on an expanded Security Council.” “He was merely arguing, as the questioner suggested, that Option A is not loaded in favor of Europe and against developing countries,” said the note, referring to one of the two council reform options, known as Plan A and Plan B. reuters