Japan, Brazil to support UNSC bids

Kyodo

Japan and Brazil agreed Thursday to support each other’s bids for permanent seats on the U.N. Security Council.

accord was reached during summit talks between visiting Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

“Both leaders share the understanding that it is of great importance to enhance the effectiveness and credibility of multilateral institutions, especially the United Nations and its Security Council, particularly through expanding the membership of the Security Council, both in the permanent and nonpermanent categories,” Koizumi and Lula said in a communique.

“Japan and Brazil are legitimate candidates for a permanent seat in the Security Council and, in light of the current reality of the international system, will support each other’s candidacy in the upcoming reform of the institution.”

Koizumi said on the last day of his two-day tour of the South American country that Brazil and Japan should not only to strengthen their bilateral relationship, but also cooperate in international affairs.

“Brazil, under the administration of President Lula, actively contributes to the reform of the United Nations,” Koizumi said, adding that Japan and Brazil share common interests in this area and may cooperate more as “global partners.”

Lula focused his speech on international multilateralism, apparently making — according to local analysts — an indirect reference to the increasing global influence of the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

“(Brazil and Japan) bet on multilateralism as a tool for dialogue and cooperation among nations and peoples,” Lula said, adding the two countries reject “the apocalyptic force of mass destruction weapons.”

“Brazil and Japan have an unquestionable vocation to have permanent seats at a renewed Security Council,” he said.