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Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, K.D. Knight said yesterday (May 16), that the Jamaican government could be open to a Brazilian nomination for permanent status on the United Nations (UN) Security Council.
As part of a general call for a reform of the U.N., Brazil, Germany, India and Japan have presented the international body with a draft resolution that would expand the U.N. Security Council from 15 to 25 members and give the four countries permanent seats, along with two African nations.
If the resolution is accepted, the new permanent members would have the same responsibilities and obligations as the current permanent members, including the veto power over council resolutions.
At a press conference held at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Minister Knight said the Prime Minister, in discussing the matter with Brazilian Foreign Minister, Celso Amorim, gave very encouraging words to him as to Jamaica’s position on Brazil’s desire to become a permanent member.
Mr. Amorim arrived in the island on May 15 on a two-day visit, during which he also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), for both countries to share resources and expertise in the diversification of sugar and the production of ethanol in the island.
Minister Knight noted that it was clear Brazil and Jamaica had areas, which represent common positions on the matter of a UN reform, but added that the government was still studying the report and hoped to be party to a common CARICOM position on it.
“We certainly support an expansion of the Security Council, both at the level of the permanent membership and at the level of the non-permanent membership,” the Minister said.
The UN currently has five permanent members – the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France; as well as 10 non-permanent members chosen from regions for two-year terms.

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