"The African Common position articulated by Ambassador also reminded the audience that the liberal ideals of equality, laws and self-determination cannot be claimed by any nation or hemisphere."
Africa Group: Calls for UN Security Council reform intensify
New York: Several delegations attending the on going debate on the reform of the United Nations Security Council have voiced concern over the continuous failure of the United Nations as a body to adopt measures that will lead to a comprehensive reform of the Council to reflect the present realities.
Presenting a Statement on behalf of the African Group, the Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone Ambassador Shekou Touray said the African Group along with other non-Permanent Members of the Security Council were pushing for a meaningful reform that will make the Council more relevant to the global needs.
Ambassador Touray said that such reform was in the interest of progress in order to better reflect the contemporary world realities, and to make the Council more representative, legitimate, transparent and accountable. He said that the African Group was working closely with relevant stakeholders particularly reform minded groups and Member States for an early and decisive reform of the Council.
He explained that the Decision 409 of the Eighteenth Ordinary Session of the African Union Heads of State and Government Summit held in Addis Ababa encourages the African Permanent Representatives of the Committee of Ten to the UN to continue to build on and intensify its efforts directed at forging alliance in support of the African common position with diverse interest.
“We have in line with that mandate, reached out to several groups and delegations including the L-69 Group. Our engagement and consultations with L-69has the potential of heading towards the direction of a common platform when fully crystalized, and when which we hope will remain open to all reform minded delegations and interest groups committed to a comprehensive and early reform of the Council and to redressing the much acknowledged historical injustice done to the African continent as the only region currently without representation in the permanent category of the council and also under represented in the non-permanent category”.
The African Common position articulated by Ambassador also reminded the audience that the liberal ideals of equality, laws and self-determination cannot be claimed by any nation or hemisphere. These, according to the African Group are values with global force; and are at the heart of the United Nations Charter, which they emphasized must form the solid foundation and crux of deliberations on Security Council reform.
Speaking on behalf of the L-69 Group, the Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations, Amb. Raymond Wolfe, said that the Group which member ship cuts across 41 countries from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Asia and the Pacific, were cemented in its firm conviction that expansion in both the permanent and non-permanent categories of member ship of the Security Council was needed to better reflect contemporary world realities, and to achieve a more accountable, representative and transparent Security Council.
Meanwhile, the United States, Britain and some European countries claiming to be open to the proposed reform of the Security Council have said that they will support only a modest reform that will not hinder the work of the Council. “We are open to a modest expansion as long as the number of seat does not diminish the effectiveness of the Council” said the US delegate.
Currently, only five countries are considered permanent members of the Security which include, United States of America, Great Britain, France, Russia Federation and China
* Abu Kamara Minister Counselor for Press and Public Affairs, Permanent Mission of Liberia to UN