United Nations, (JPN/Bureau): The G4 nations- India, Brazil, Germany and Japan have intensified their campaign for permanent seat in the UN Security Council and have decided to press for "urgent" reforms.

The foreign ministers of the four  nations met at the UN headquarters and decided to step up their campaign even though there is no broad acceptance within the 192 UN members on how to reform the United Nations Security Council.
   
After the meeting of G4 nations, the ministers in a joint statement released after the meeting said that they have agreed to press ahead with all necessary steps to achieve at the earliest an expansion in both the permanent and non-permanent membership categories of the Security Council and urged that the reforms are due since long and the four countries are not acting to attain their own motives. The G4 ministers also underlined the need for Africa to have a permanent seat at the Council.

Foreign Minister SM Krishna's two-day visit was his first trip to the United Nations since India became a non-permanent member of the Security Council in 2011 after a gap of 19 years significantly.

The Security Council reform process has been going on for almost two decades. But several questions are yet to be resolved, which include how many new seats should be created, who to be allotted these seats and when should the veto power envisage in.

Except Japan, the three other G4 countries are currently on the Council serving as non-permanent members and they are hoping to set the stage for becoming permanent members before their terms expire.