Africa must be given two seats and power of veto in the UN security council-Hon. Malanji

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Joseph Malanji has called on Africa to ensure that the demand for two permanent seats, with power of veto, was given to Africa in the United Nations Security Council during the on-going UN reforms.

Speaking on behalf of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Joseph Malanji in Senegal during a Ministerial Meeting of the Committee of Ten, Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia , His Excellency Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba said it was imperative the UN security council as the pioneer of governance systems, reflected the needs and interests of both developing and developed countries in an rational and non-selective manner.

Ambassador Mwamba said Zambia supported the AU position on the need for Africa to have representation on the UN Security Council and further called on the C10 to continue to hold consultations with Member states and interest groups in an effort to achieve a comprehensive reform of the Council.

The Ministerial meeting of the Committee of ten which has since came to an end reiterated the importance for African countries to stay united on the reform of the United Nations Security Council, and speak with one voice to support the African union position, which calls for the allocation of two seats in the permanent category with its prerogative and privileges including the right to Veto, and two additional seats in the non-permanent category on the Security council.

The meeting further recommended that African countries must include the Common African position on the reform of the UN Security Council in their respective Foreign Policy priorities.

Zambia is amongst other African Countries under the African Union Committee of 10 {C-10} that have reaffirmed their cooperation and commitment towards the reform of the United Nations Security Council.

The C10 is a committee set up by the AU with mandate to canvass the African position on the United Nations Security council-UNSC- reform with a demand for Africa to be given two permanent seats in the United Nations Security Council and three other non permanent seats.

Issued by

Mrs. Inutu Mupango Mwanza

First Secretary-Press& Tourism

Zambia Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Kindly note that the Statement has been approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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