The UK backed Brazil’s ambitions to join the UN Security Council

The assembly of the United Nations Security Council meeting at the UN headquarters in New York (Reuters) (DAVID DEE DELGADO /)

The British Foreign Minister, James Cleverly, declared this Wednesday in Brasilia the London support for Brazil’s ambitions to occupy a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.

In a press conference next to his Brazilian counterpart, Mauro Vieira, Cleverly said that The United Kingdom has a “national interest” in Brazil having “a higher voice” on the global stage and in particular, at the United Nations.

As he assured, London will support these aspirations in an “enthusiastic” way.

The head of British diplomacy stressed that for the United Nations to maintain its current importance on the global stage, “it is necessary to undertake a reform” of the Security Council, although admitted that it will not be a quick process.

“We recognize the fact that the global balance of power has shifted south. It is a fact that has to be recognized in many institutions, including the United Nations.Cleverly said on the first visit to the South American country by a British foreign minister in nine years.

British Foreign Minister James Cleverly and his Brazilian counterpart Mauro Vieira (Reuters)
British Foreign Minister James Cleverly and his Brazilian counterpart Mauro Vieira (Reuters) (UESLEI MARCELINO /)

Vieira stated that Brazil is going to work with numerous countries to try to ensure that the negotiations on the UN reform “which are still very informal, can be increasingly normalized.”

He brazilian minister he said his country wants to negotiate the reform of the UN based on a written document,to prevent each year from starting from scratch” the discussions.

Brazil, the largest Latin American economy and the most populous country in the region, is part of the group called G4also made up of Germany, India and Japan, countries that for years promote an expansion of permanent seats of the UN Security Council, but the reforms are blocked by the five permanent members (United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom and France).

Since the creation of the UN, that body has had only with those five veto-wielding members.

Cleverly’s visit to Brazil, at the end of a regional tour that also took him to Chile, Jamaica and Colombia, comes weeks after London announced a major contribution to the Brazilian fund to protect the Amazon.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak pledged more than $100 million to the fund this month during a meeting with Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on the eve of King Carlos III’s coronation.

(With information from EFE and AFP)

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