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France, Russia Support German UN Bid

France and Russia will support Germany's bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, their leaders announced Sunday. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would back the initiative as part of wider reform of the UN. At a joint press conference with the Russian leader in Kaliningrad, Russia, French President Jacques Chirac stated, "We're backing the German candidacy." The UN is reviewing the structure of the 15-member Security Council to see whether it appropriately reflects the changes in the world since the Second World War. Brazil, India, Japan and Germany have vetted a plan to add 10 seats to the Security Council. Six of the seats would be permanent, distributed to the four and to two African countries.

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