Japan, Tanzania agree on need to reform U.N

Japan, Tanzania agree on need to reform U.N

TOKYO, Dec. 7 Kyodo

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa agreed Tuesday to work closely on reforming the United Nations as nonpermanent members of its Security Council in 2005-2006, a Japanese official said.

Mkapa, who is currently on a four-day visit to Japan from Saturday, told Koizumi the key U.N. council needs to be reformed and Tanzania supports Japan’s bid to become a permanent member of the council.

Both Japan and Tanzania will start serving as nonpermanent members for two years from Jan. 1, 2005.

Koizumi told Mkapa he was heartened to know that Tanzania has a similar view to Japan’s that both permanent and nonpermanent members should push for U.N. reform, the official said.

Koizumi was also quoted as telling Mkapa that Africa must be represented in the permanent membership of the council, but he did not elaborate.

Earlier in the day, Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura and Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem met in Tokyo and agreed to boost reforms of the United Nations not only in the functions of the council but also those of the General Assembly and the Secretariat.

Algeria is currently serving as a nonpermanent Security Council member through 2005.

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