NEW DELHI - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown reportedly wants to expand the U.N. Security Council permanent membership for a "new world order" and a "global society."
Brown, now visiting India and later scheduled to go to China, has begun secret talks with other world leaders on this mission, Britain's Independent reported.
The plan is to change the structure put in place in 1945 to reflect the new global challenges and power bases. It would thus expand the number of permanent members, currently made up of the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France, to include India, Germany, Japan, Brazil and one or two African nations, the report said.
The Independent quoted British sources that "intense discussions" on U.N. reform are under way with Brown raising it any time he meets a world leader.
The report said Brown is not disclosing his proposals until he has built up a consensus on the sensitive issue so as to prevent opponents from uniting.
The report said Brown's aides assure any expansion of the Security Council will not dilute British veto power. One option might be for new members not to have a veto, at least in the beginning, the report said.
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