Canvassing for german seat on un security council

According to press information, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) wants to meet US President George W. Winning Bush for a permanent seat for Germany in the UN Security Council. Merkel wants to talk about this with Bush at the beginning of November during a private visit to Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, reports the Bild newspaper (Thursday edition). While Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the coordinator for German-American relations, Karsten Voigt (both SPD), and the former German UN ambassador, Gunter Pleuger, supported the plan, criticism came from SPD foreign affairs expert Rolf Mutzenich.

According to Merkel's plans, several countries, including Germany, are to receive a permanent seat on the UN's highest body, possibly for a period of ten years. The time limit should also make it easier for other, competing candidate countries, such as Italy, to give their approval.Pleuger said the composition of the UN Security Council today no longer reflects the realities of the 21. Century. The decisions of the body would gain more acceptance and legitimacy if it were made more representative. The most beautiful decision is of no use if it can't be implemented. "That means that the Security Council must include the few states that have the necessary resources to implement a Security Council decision. And this certainly includes Japan and Germany."Voigt, the coordinator for German-American relations, is in favor of the plan, but apparently does not expect the chancellor to be successful during the planned Bush visit. He said he hoped the next U.S. administration, whether Republican or Democratic, would take a more positive stance on a permanent German seat on the UN Security Council.Voigt praised Merkel for her efforts before the UN General Assembly to secure a permanent seat for Germany on the UN Security Council. He recalled that Bush's predecessor, Bill Clinton, had already taken a clearer stance.In contrast, Rolf Mutzenich, the SPD's foreign affairs expert, expressed massive reservations about the Chancellor's move. "Germany does not have a promising majority within the General Assembly for its own seat. We have to accept that. The constant demand for a German seat is embarrassing," said the SPD politician and added: "With this, no one takes us seriously internationally anymore."Mutzenich pointed out that the U.S. president had only mentioned Japan as a possible future member for the Security Council. "We should not continue to chum up and run after the permanent members in the Security Council," he advised. To have international influence, Germany does not need a permanent seat on the Security Council.Foreign Minister Steinmeier, on the other hand, had reiterated that the German government had ambitions to seek a seat on the Security Council. He wants to use the opportunity to talk about German ambitions "in the corridors" with as many member countries as possible on the sidelines of the UN meeting.

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