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AU Ministers Discuss Greater Role at UN


Foreign ministers from the African Union are discussing ways to boost Africa's role at the United Nations.

AU Commission Chairman Alpha Oumar Konare asked officials meeting at AU headquarters in Ethiopia Monday to work together on possible U.N. reforms.

He said any proposed changes must reflect Africa's vision for the future and its position in the world.

Last month, African foreign ministers agreed to press for two permanent seats for African nations on the U.N. Security Council. They also discussed creating three non-permanent seats for African countries.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for expanding membership in the group's top decision-making body.

Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa are expected to seek spots on the Security Council if U.N. officials agree to changes.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP.

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