Monday, September 27, 2010

African Nations Want to Have a Permanent Representative on the Security Council

United Nations Flag Top officials from three African nations have called for the continent to have a permanent representative on the Security Council, saying it was a travesty that the region that comprises so much of the body’s work does not have a permanent place.  South Africa’s Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane told the General Assembly’s annual general debate that a transformation of the United Nations will not be complete until there is a “fundamental reform” of the Council, which currently has 15 members.

Swaziland’s King Mswati III told the General Assembly that his nation backs the so-called Ezulwini Consensus regarding reform of the Security Council.  This consensus, developed in the Swazi town of Ezulwini in 2005, states that Africa should be given two permanent seats and five non-permanent seats on an expanded Council.  The King said he was hopeful that negotiations, which have lasted for nearly two decades, could be wrapped up in the next year.

Basile Ikouebe, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Congo, said in his remarks that both the composition and the working methods of the Council should be reformed to ensure it is more responsive and effective.  Mr. Ikouebe also called for the General Assembly to be strengthened to make it more efficient.

Click on the names above to see fuller versions of the statements.

(Adapted from a UN Press Release).

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