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At-a-glance: UN expansion factions

The UN General Assembly is debating a proposal to expand the Security Council with 10 new places.

Here are the various groups' stances at a glance.

GROUP OF FOUR (G4)

Brazil, Germany, Japan and India want to add 10 more seats to the 15-member Council.

They want six permanent places without veto power and four non-permanent places.

They hope the permanent seats will go to the four states and to two African countries.

The G4 proposal is co-sponsored by 23 countries, including current permanent Council member France.

UNITING FOR CONSENSUS (UFC)

This group seeks to add 10 non-permanent members, who could be re-elected.

Pakistan and Italy are leading proponents in the group, which has circulated but not introduced a resolution.

AFRICAN UNION (AU)

The group of 53 nations would like 11 additional seats.

The AU wants six of the places to be permanent, with the power to veto.

It would like two of these seats to go to Africa.

They decided to press for their own plan at a summit earlier this month.

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