All is set for the African Union Committee of Ten -C10- Heads of State Summit on the reform of the United Nations Security Council to be opened by President Edgar Lungu on Saturday 9th May in Livingstone.
Zambia’s Permanent Representative to the African Union Susan Sikaneta says the Heads of State summit will be preceded by the C10 Joint Meeting of Foreign Ministers to be Co-Chaired by Zambia’s Foreign Affairs minister Harry Kalaba and his Sierra Leone counterpart Samura Kamara.
Ambassador Sikaneta said this in an interview with ZNBC in Livingstone on Thursday.
She says the summit which will be held at the David Livingstone Safari Lodge is important as its outcome will be presented to the African Union Heads of State Summit to be held in South Africa next month.
Ambassador Sikaneta says the decisions of the African Union Summit will be presented at the Seventieth General Assembly of the United Nations in September this year for consideration.
And Zambia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mwaba Kasese Bota says only fifty four out of the required one hundred and twenty eight non-African countries in the UN have so far supported Africa’s bid to have two permanent seats on the UN Security Council.
Dr. Kasese-Bota says more countries have shown interest to support Africa at this year’s UN General Assembly.
All the ten ministers of the C10 and ambassadors are expected in Livingstone this afternoon in readiness for the summit while President Lungu and other heads of state are expected tomorrow.
So far three heads of state are expected to attend while the rest will be represented by their Foreign Ministers.