ZIMBABWE, EQUATORIAL GUINEA AGREE ON UN REFORMS

HARARE, Zimbabwe and Equatorial Guinea have agreed that Africa must finalise its position on the push for reform of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Emerging from a meeting which lasted more than three hours, President Robert Mugabe, who is the current African Union (AU) chairman, and Equatorial Guinea’s visiting President Teodoro Obiang Nguema told journalists here Saturday that they were in agreement on the need for the UNSC reforms.

President Nguema is on a three-day working visit to Zimbabwe for consultations ahead of the AU Summit in Addis Ababa this weekend. Africa is demanding two permanent seats on the UNSC and the two leaders agreed to rally their peers behind this position at the AU summit.

President Mugabe said consolidating consensus on the proposed reforms was vital. “Consensus is always a matter we should fight for when an issue of great importance to Africa is under discussion. We are 54 members and to get the views of everyone takes time and that is why we have the African Union to debate the issues,” President Mugabe said.

President Nguema said Africa was not yet in full agreement on issues pertaining to proposed UNSC reforms. Getting the continent to sing the same song was therefore critical, he said.

“Concerning the reform of the United Nations which Africa is gunning for, we are asking for two permanent seats on the Security Council, but if we cannot get two at least we should have one with full recognition as permanent members with the right to veto,” the Equatorial Guinea leader said. “It is true that there are so many divisions (on the issue).”

Turning to other issues, President Mugabe said the two leaders had also discussed about peace and security on the continent.”We looked at the issue of peace and security in Africa, terrorism that has affected various countries and we were looking at how, together, we can manage to defeat this threat of terrorism on our continent,” he said.

President Nguema also slammed western nations for their continued interference in African politics which resulted in conflicts on the continent. “We have to work very hard to ensure that this independence that we have attained for ourselves becomes a complete one in all senses,” he said.

At a bilateral level, the two countries also tackled co-operation in training of expertise in various fields.

Source: NEW ZIANA

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