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Germany

Schröder Pushes for Permanent German Seat on UN Security Council

German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder stressed that his country should be allotted a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. African, Asian and Latin American states that play a central role should be accorded a seat on the body along with the industrial countries that "render a significant contribution to protect world peace and international security," Schröder said in a speech in Berlin on Friday. He added that Germany thus sees itself as a candidate for a permanent position on the UN's exclusive top body. Schröder said France, Russia and Japan, among others supported such a move and that the United States was sure to do so as well in light of Germany's efforts in the fight against international terrorism. Only the Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States have permanent seats on the Security Council, while ten seats rotate every two years between the remaining UN members. Germany has held a temporary seat since 2003.