Ugandan president calls for Africa's permanent representation on UN Security Council

09:27, September 25, 2010      

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has called for Africa's permanent representation on the UN Security Council in order to safe guard its interests, a State House statement issued here on Friday said.

The statement quoted Museveni as telling the UN Security Council Summit at the UN headquarters in New York on Thursday that there should be changes in the operations of the Security Council in order to give the organization more legitimacy and credibility from member states.

"The Council needs greater credibility, legitimacy and representation. It is an injustice that the entire continent of Africa, with 53 member states and a population of over one billion people, has no permanent representation on this Council," he said.

The Council has got 15 member states, five of which are permanent members that include United States of America, Britain, France, Russia and China.

"Some members are permanent whereas some of us are seasonal. I am here as a seasonal member of the Council; this must be addressed," said Museveni. Uganda is a non permanent member of the Security Council.

Museveni said that the Council should strive to be more even handed and transparent in its approach and decisions to dispel the perception that on some issues under its consideration, vested interests override fairness.

He said the Council should work in partnership with the African Union as well as other regional and sub-regional organizations instead of attempting to solve African problems single handedly and making mistakes.

Museveni urged the Council to always liaise with regional organizations since they have a better understanding of the situations in their locality and have the capability to mobilize and respond quickly.

"It should be clear to all that all the major African problems that have been solved, have been regional led, like the independence of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and even South Africa, the defeat of Idi Amin and Mobutu, the addressing of the Sudan problem, the stopping of genocide in Rwanda, the problem of Burundi, Somalia, Liberia and Sierra Leone", he said.

The Ugandan president is in New York attending the 65th UN General Assembly.

Source: Xinhua


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