VETERAN politician Vernon Mwaanga says Africa has no permanent seat on the United Nations (UN) Security Council because some countries have played double standards by saying one thing in public and another in private.
Mr Mwaanga said yesterday in an interview that it was undeniable that Africa with its 51 members deserved a greater say in the UN Security Council.
He bemoaned the attitude by some African countries that were playing double standards by saying one thing that seemed to support the stance of fellow countries in public but changed goalposts by saying other things in private.
Mr Mwaanga said whatever position Africa took should as well be negotiated and agreed with other geographical groupings within the UN system.
“Sadly the African position has been divided because there are some countries which say one thing in public and another in private. The current negotiations have gone on too long without making any substantive progress,” he said.
Mr Mwaanga who served at the UN from 1969 to 1970 said that all the negotiating groups must be prepared to make compromises if progress was to be made.
He charged that regional and group positions have been too inflexible over the years making serious progress difficult.
“These groups are supposed to work on the basis of consensus and compromise but the problem is that they have been too inflexible over the years, making progress difficult,” Mr Mwaanga said.
He said the increase in UN membership which now stands at 194 should also reflect progress by according Africa a permanent seat on the Security Council.
Speaking at the summit of the Heads of State of the Committee of Ten(C-10) in Livingstone on Saturday, President Edgar Lungu was hopeful that the summit will correct the historic injustice of Africa’s marginalization in the current global politics.