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African Union submits UN Security Council expansion plan

[JURIST] The African Union [official website] introduced its own plan for expansion of the UN Security Council on Monday, despite ongoing negotiations that would give Africa permanent representation on the council [JURIST report] and opposition by the US, Russia, and China [JURIST report] to the so-called G-4 plan. This plan, proposed by Germany, Japan, Brazil, and India would put 10 new nations on the council, including two African nations. Six of the ten would be permanent members, but none of them would have veto powers. The new African proposal calls for 11 new members, with six permanent members having veto power. The US supports expansion in principle [US General Assembly address] but has not yet given approval to any plan submitted. It's not clear if the African proposal will receive a vote, and the G-4 plan seems likely to fail [AP report]. Reuters has more.

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