President Edgar Lungu and his sierra Leone counterpart Ernest Koroma have arrived in Livingstone for the Committee of 10 on United Nations Security Council reforms.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba, who arrived in Livingstone May 7th, said all foreign ministers from the Committee of 10 countries have arrived while Namibian President Hage Geingob was expected to arrive Friday May 8th. Countries attending the summit are Namibia, Kenya, Uganda, Algeria, Libya, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea, DR Congo and hosts Zambia.“All is set for the summit.
The C-10 are strictly mandated to look at the UN Security Council that has remained unreformed for a very long time and Africa has had no representation on the council,” he said.Mr Kalaba said Africa feels it has a legitimate right to be on the UN Security Council as three quarters of the work handled by the UN Security Council deals with Africa and it also forms one third of the membership.
And Zambia’s permanent representative to the African Union Susan Sikaneta has commended President Lungu for his commitment and positioning of Zambia on the international diplomatic scene.Ms Sikaneta said the heads of state summit to be held May 9th will be preceded by the C-10 joint meeting of foreign ministers, co-chaired by Mr Kalaba and his Sierra Leonean counterpart Samura Kamara.“The outcome of the meeting to be held at the David Livingstone Safari Lodge will be presented to the African Union Heads of State Summit scheduled for South Africa next month.
“The decisions of the African Union summit will be presented at the 17th General Assembly of the United Nations in September this year for consideration,” she said.
In a separate interview, Zambia’s permanent representative to the UN Mwaba Kasese-Bota said more countries have shown interest to support Africa’s bid for two permanent seats on the Security Council at this year’s UN General Assembly.
And Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services acting permanent secretary Isaac Chipampe says the summit of the C-10 is an initiative of the AU to push Africa’s agenda on the United Nations reforms, especially regarding the Security Council.At the summit, Zambia will be presenting a joint report with Uganda on a task they were given to lobby the permanent members of the council.The summit is being held under the theme: The Livingstone strategy for accelerating the UN reforms.It will be preceded by a preparatory meeting of ministers of foreign affairs from C-10 member countries MAY 8TH.
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