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Sarkozy Says Africa, Asia Need Greater UN Representation

January 06, 2012

Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that developing nations need greater representation on the United Nations Security Council, returning to a theme that he championed without success a year ago.

“How can we accept that India, Japan, Brazil or even Africa are not permanent members of the security council,” Sarkozy said in Paris at the closing session of a two-day conference. “We are running the world with institutions based on the world of 1945.”

Sarkozy had planned to make updating world governance one of the priorities of last year’s French presidency of the G-20 only to have the year dominated by the European debt crisis.

--Editor: James Hertling

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