Kawaguchi woos Africa over Security Council seat

Kyodo

The U.N. Security Council should be more representative of African member states and should have a permanent African representation, Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi said Friday.

Kawaguchi made the remarks at a luncheon on the sidelines of the 59th U.N. General Assembly, a Japanese official said. She addressed the gathering in both English and French.

Japan, which is bidding for a permanent seat on the Security Council, hosted the luncheon in an apparent move to win support from African nations.

“It is important that the Security Council should be expanded in both the permanent and nonpermanent categories, including developing and developed countries as new members,” Kawaguchi said.

“We are presented with a now-or-never opportunity which we cannot afford to let pass,” she said.