Reformed UNSC without Brazil is inconceivable: Rousseff

10:52, March 23, 2011      

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff attends a ceremony to award teachers and professors for their work, in Planalto Palace in Brasilia March 21, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters)

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff said on Tuesday that the idea of a reformed UN Security Council without Brazil is inconceivable.

"There will not be a reformed UN Council without some important countries such as India and Brazil," she said, stressing that Brazil is one of the largest economies in the world.

As other developing countries, Brazil has been bidding for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council for years, arguing that the Council's current configuration does not reflect the multipolar reality of the 21st century.

The matter has been brought up in the past weekend, during U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Brazil. Obama said that the U.S. has "appreciation" for the idea of a permanent Brazilian seat.

According to Rousseff, Obama's statement indicates an acknowledgement that Brazil has "a role to fulfill" in this matter.

The Brazilian President also reaffirmed the country's position on the recent conflict in Libya, calling for a cease fire and a peaceful solution to the impasse.

"We are in favor of a peaceful solution," she said. Brazil was one of the five countries which abstained from voting the UN Security Council Resolution 1973, which authorized a no-fly zone over Libya.

Source: Xinhua
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