Italy remains unmoved by Security Council entreaty

Kyodo

Italy on Wednesday failed to support Japan’s demand that both permanent and nonpermanent membership of the U.N. Security Council be expanded, a Japanese official said.

Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi briefed Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini on Japan’s position with regard to U.N. reform, including its belief that the Security Council should be expanded, the official said.

But Frattini said that U.N. members should first agree on the direction and purpose of reforms, such as creating a more democratic and effective United Nations, before discussing specific organizational changes aimed at achieving this goal.