They are dubbed the G4 – foreign ministers from Germany, Brazil, India and Japan. Their mission is to reform the UN Security Council. The quartet is in New York to meet the African Union, which also wants change, but does not agree on the terms. The aim is to forge a common position and India’s Natwar Singh believes they have the momentum to succeed.
“Without annoying anybody, I do want to say that the G4 has certainly put this matter firmly on the international agenda,” he told reporters. Both groups want the Security Council to grow from 15 to 25, with six new permanent members and four short-term ones. The challenge is to agree on veto power. The G4 is willing for new members to be without it, at least initially. The African Union insists the new members must have the veto straight away.