UN Security Council should increase cooperation with regional actors: Nigerian president

17:36, September 24, 2010      

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Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan said here Thursday that the UN could enhance its ability to maintain peace and security by engaging further with regional actors.

Jonathan made the statement as he was speaking to the council at a summit titled "Ensuring the Security Council's effective role in maintaining international peace and security." The summit was held on the sidelines of the general debate of the UN General Assembly, which opened here on Thursday morning.

"We must acknowledge today that the council will have little success in freeing peoples from the scourge of war without the contributions of regional and sub-regional actors in accordance with Chapter VIII of the charter," said Jonathan.

At present, Nigeria is one of the 10 non-permanent members of the 15-nation Security Council.

Chapter VIII of the UN's charter encourages regional groups to engage in peace and security work, as long as their actions are consistent with the UN's principles.

Jonathan used the examples of recent UN peace and security efforts supported by the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as examples of successful integrations of regional groups into UN missions on his home continent.

Jonathan concluded his address with a call to his fellow leaders at the UN to help the marginalized throughout the world.

"Let us be particular in setting our objectives: let us be concrete in marking out our goals," he said. "Above all, we must translate our lofty words into concrete action without let or hindrance."

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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