Nigerian president pledges "continued support" for UN, suggests some reforms

09:42, September 25, 2010      

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Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan told the UN General Assembly on Friday that his country stands firmly behind the UN and its goals, but would like to see some reforms made to the organization.

"I would like to reaffirm Nigeria's abiding faith in the role of the United Nations to pursue our common goals for the benefit of all mankind," Jonathan said as he was speaking at the general debate of the UN General Assembly. "We therefore pledge our continued support for the organization, in order to strengthen it as a way of identifying with the ideals for which it stands."

Meanwhile, the president also said that reform of the UN Security Council would be a positive step for making the UN a more inclusive organization.

"The early reform and, in particular, expansion of the UN Security Council will accord the UN greater effectiveness," he said. "The exclusion of Africa from the permanent member category of the Security Council can no longer be justified."

While holding the rotating presidency of the Security Council in July, Jonathan said in his address, Nigeria raised another issue important to the UN reform, preventative diplomacy, in a Security Council debate.

"It is obvious that the prevention of conflicts is a cheaper option for maintaining peace and security than peacekeeping," he said. "I urge the United Nations to devote renewed attention to preventative diplomacy."

Jonathan said that "the increasing financial burden of peacekeeping and high human cost of conflict" are good reasons for putting more effort into preventative diplomacy.

Source: Xinhua


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