A high-level meeting of ministers also known as African Union Committee of Ten (C-10) sitting at Munyonyo-Kampala wants Africa to have powers to veto some key decisions at the UN Security Council.
Currently, there are only five Permanent Members of the UN Security Council with such powers to Veto some decisions taken at the council. The Permanent Members include Russia, China, US, UK and France.
Now, Africa has embarked on a process to cause reforms at the world’s policing agency (UN Security Council) demanding that the dark continent must have two Permanent Seats at this body in addition to two additional seats in none permanent category.
This is part of the several resolutions reached at during a 2-day 9th Ministerial level meeting of the African Union Committee of Ten at Munyonyo last week. The meeting was attended by ministers from the selected 10 countries (C-10) including Uganda, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Namibia among others. President Yoweri Museveni opened the conference that was hosted at Speke Resort Munyonyo.
“We recommend that AU member states remain cohesive on all aspects of the reform process, stay united and continue to speak with one voice in unity of purpose until the demands of the Common African Position articulated in the Ezulwimi Consensus and the Sirte declaration are achieved” the ministers said.
They went on ‘In particular, the demand for two seats in the permanent category with all its prerogatives and previledges including the right of Veto and two additional seats in non-permanent category of the UN Security Council’
They also resolved that the AU C-10 remain focused and vigilant in pursuing their mandate to promote, defend and canvass support for the Common African Position in the Intergovernment Negotiations reform process as mandated by the AU assembly.
They also asked the AU to allocate necessary funds to the AU C-10 to enable members to their activities including retreats. The ministers resolved to have the 10th meeting held in the DR Congo next year in January but left with smiles after receiving a warm reception in Uganda.
They thanked president Museveni for gracing the occasion. Knowledgeable sources attending the meeting told us that the push for these permanent seats at the UN Security Council is premised on the fact that whereas Africa has no permanent seat at the council, 75% of the work executed at the UN Security Council is about Africa. The Permanent Members therefore, make decisions without giving Africa a fair hearing.
For details, read the full DECLARATION hereunder.