3 Nov 2009

Germany should have permanent UN seat - ambassador

11:48 am on 3 November 2009

The German ambassador to New Zealand says his country should have a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.

Thomas Meister spoke on Tuesday at a conference at Parliament marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The UN Security Council was established at the end of the second world war, and its five permanent members are China, France, Russia, Britain and the United States.

Germany has been campaigning to join those holding a permanent seat.

Mr Meister says the council should reflect today's world, not the world as it was in 1945.

He says Germany has widened its international responsibilities, and is the third largest contributor to the UN.