SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT UNITED NATIONS - Having won US President Barack Obamas endorsement for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, India Friday began a new campaign in concert with three other aspirants for permanent membership - Brazil, Germany and Japan - for an elevated status in an expanded 15-member Council. Foreign Ministers of India, Brazil, Germany and Japan, known as the Group of Four, are in New York to attend a high-level meeting taking place at UN Headquarters on the linkages between international security and development in the 15-member Council, which is hosted by Brazil, the Council president for February. The meeting is being chaired by Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota. But the G-4 foreign ministers - S M Krishna of India, Patriota of Brazil, Guido Westerwelle of Germany and Seiji Maehara of Japan - are using the opportunity to make their case for permanent membership of the Security Council and to put the reform process of Councils expansion on a fast track. Not only they are holding discussions among themselves, they are also contacting other regional groups and are scheduled to meet the president of UN General Assembly, Joseph Deiss, this evening. The reform of the Security Council is inevitable, Krishna said in an interview with the Press Trust of India news agency posted on its website. It (the reform) is urgent and it will have to be supported wholeheartedly and I think as a group we should carry this movement forward, he added. Indias permanent representative to the UN, Hardeep Singh Puri, told reporters here that issues of Security Council reform are not going to come from within the Council, but from traction within the General Assembly. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will join them at a working luncheon hosted by the Brazilian foreign minister. Following their meetings, the G4 countries are expected to produce an outcome document on their discussions, diplomats said. Since 1979, the United Nations has been holding discussions on expanding the Security Council. But every proposal has failed, primarily because of rivalries between countries and regions more concerned about their own self-interests than the improved functioning of the United Nations. The Security Council has five veto-wielding permanent members Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, India and other G-4 members have pressed their case for an elevated status on the Council since 2005, while the Uniting for Consensus group of countries, led by Pakistan and Italy, maintained their opposition to any new permanent seats and their strong support for an expansion of non-permanent members. On its part, the African Unions has called for the Council to be enlarged to 26 seats, one more permanent seat than the G-4 proposal for 25.