"African Union's U.N. position is a basis for talks"

Diplomatic Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Encouraged by the African Union's position on the expansion of the United Nations' Security Council at its summit in Sirte, Libya, India said the G-4 countries now had a basis to hold talks with AU representatives, key African countries as well as co-sponsors of the G-4 resolution.

Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran told presspersons on Tuesday that the African Union had endorsed the principle put forward by the G-4 that expansion of the Security Council should take place both in the permanent and the non-permanent category.

Mr. Saran said available reports suggested that the African Union had agreed with the G-4 view that there should be two permanent members from Africa, while seeking a much clearer veto commitment. However, they wanted as many as five non-permanent seats for Africa.

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