Sierra Leone voices support for UN, calls for Security Council reform

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Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma on Thursday voiced support for the United Nations as a "center of global governance."

The centrality of the UN's role in the world cannot be over-emphasized, he said. "It has a unique characteristic of global mandate and universal membership. This makes it an indispensable and neutral catalyst for the achievement of international cooperation."

The statement came as Koroma addressed the annual general debate of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly, whose theme this year is "reaffirming the central role of the United Nations in global governance."

Throughout the week-long general debate, heads of UN member states will address the Assembly on the most pressing international issues.

The president called on the UN to pursue efforts towards Security Council reform, while reiterating an appeal for African nations to hold permanent seats on the 15-member council.

"No one continent should have an exclusive monopoly over membership of the Security Council. There is no justification for a discriminatory allocation of seats, nor can we debate and endlessly ignore the realities of our rapidly changing global circumstances," said Koroma.

The Security Council has remained unchanged since its membership expanded from 11 to 15 nations in 1963. Five permanent members -- China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States -- hold veto power. The other 10 members are elected to serve for two-year terms and have no power to veto decisions by the council.

Source: Xinhua


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