Italy seeks UN reform

Italy is seeking a broad consensus to expand the U.N. Security Council, while warning that persistent efforts by four regional powers to obtain permanent seats for themselves are doomed.

The Italian government hosted a one-day meeting of 123 countries Monday in a major diplomatic push aimed at heading off the campaign by India, Germany, Brazil and Japan to get permanent seats on an expanded council.

Italy's U.N. Ambassador Cesare Maria Ragaglini, briefing reporters on the closed-door meeting, said the message to the so-called Group of Four is "the path of compromise is by now the obvious way to go."

Italy is seeking a consensus for expanding the council on a rotating basis to reflect changes in the world.