Support: an African Country on the U.N. Security Council

Prime Minister Göran Persson said Thursday he wants to see an African country as a permanent member on the U.N. Security Council, but declined to say whether he would support Nigeria’s push for such a seat.

After meeting with Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo in Stockholm, Persson said it’s too early to name individual countries that should be permanent members if the Security Council is expanded. He said, ”We don’t want to see conflict between African countries about who should represent Africa.”

Meeting with reporters after their afternoon talks, the two leaders said they had discussed bilateral trade and the peacekeeping efforts in war-ravaged African countries like Sudan, the Ivory Coast and Congo. The two leaders also signed an agreement against double taxation.