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Japan Seeks Nepal's Support for UN Bid
Envoy says Japan's place on the Security Council ensures more Asian representation
Rupesh Silwal (rooproop)     Print Article 
Published 2005-06-15 16:37 (KST)   
Japan sent its special envoy, Katsuyuki Kawai, secretary for foreign affairs and member of the Japanese parliament, to Kathmandu to seek the Nepalese government's support for Japan's bid for permanent membership on the United Nations Security Council.

Japan donates heavily to Nepal. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established July 28, 1955.

In a day-long visit to Nepal, Kawai called upon King Gyanendra and met the vice chairmen of the ministerial council Tulsi Giri and Kirtinidhi Bista in separate meetings.

Talking to a group of journalists, Kawai, who is from Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said that the inclusion of Japan and India, both Asian countries, would strengthen the Security Council.

"If Japan loses its bid this time, Japanese people will think the support Japan has been providing to the world for the last 60 years has been futile," Kawai said.

"Japan's contribution to peace building through official development assistance and active involvement in affairs concerning international security should not go unrecognized," he said.

"We are flexible. The issue of veto or no veto should not be a hindrance," Kawai said.

UN Security Council expansion and nomination of new permanent members will come up in the UN General Assembly in the autumn of 2005.
©2005 OhmyNews
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