Africa nations want permanent Security Council seats: Mugabe

ADDIS ABABA, Jan 31 (INP): Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has said that the African Union (AU) may withdraw from the United Nations if the world body fails to allocate at least two permanent seats at the Security Council to the African nations, Press TV reported on Sunday.

The outgoing AU chairman made the remarks during the opening ceremony of the 26th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the 54-member union in the Ethiopian capital on Saturday.

“If the UN and the Security Council [are] to survive we must be equal members. They must understand that we as Africans are also human,” Mugabe said, adding that Africa was an artificial member of the Council with no representation.

He further urged the inclusion of two African countries in the decision-making of issues related to peace in the African continent.

The UN Security Council is composed of 15 members, including five permanent members, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as 10 non-permanent members elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly.

“These permanent members can reject any substantive Security Council resolution yet the decisions they are making affect us as a continent. Africa will no longer tolerate denial of rights and treatment in a manner we regard as not equal,” Mugabe said.

Currently, the AU member states are represented by only two non-permanent members in the UN Security Council. Angola took over from Rwanda last year and Egypt joined the Council this year.


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