South Africa call for urgent UN Security Council reform

08:52, June 01, 2011      

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The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) urgently requires reform to rectify inequitable power relations, South Africa's International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Tuesday.

Speaking in the South African parliament in Cape Town, she called on all UNSC members to respect the letter and spirit of council resolutions, the South African Press Association (SAPA) reported.

Nkoana-Mashabane said South Africa has consistently reaffirmed the primacy of the multilateralism, in particular the UN system, as a guarantor for addressing common challenges, in particular global peace and stability.

"We reiterate that the reform of the UNSC is urgent and would go a long way in rectifying inequitable power relations within the Security Council," Nkoana-Mashabane said.

South Africa is serving its second stint as a non-permanent member of the United Nations.

She also pointed out that South Africa has continued to work in all forums for the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction.

The growing role of the G20 in the international system is noted with appreciation, she said.

"We are thankful to it for the measures it took to arrest the further deterioration of the global economy.

"As Co-Chair of the Development Working Group of this body, we are better placed to work with others to strengthen the contribution of the G20 in the development arena," she said.

South Africa seeks to ensure greater international peace and security through the promotion of disarmament and non- proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and conventional arms control, she added.

The minister pointed to the Pelindaba Treaty, signed in South Africa in July 2010, which establishes a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Africa.

She said South Africa will host the African Commission on Nuclear Energy (AFCONE). Among its aims will be to maximize the utilization of expertise in Africa in the field of nuclear science and technology for the purpose of economic and social development on the African continent.

Source: Xinhua
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