Africa must speak with one voice-Lungu

 

AFRICA must remain steadfast in its commitment to the common position and cohesively speak with one voice on all issues of reforms including those of the United Nations (UN) Security Council, President Edger Lungu has said.

President Lungu said Africa must reject attempts aimed at undermining the unity and purpose of the AU if the continent had to get the best outcome from its call for the reformation of the UN Security Council.

And African Union chairman Robert Mugabe has lambasted African countries that had the tendency of betraying the common resolve and decisions on some of the political and governance issues affecting the continent.

President Lungu who is in Johannesburg plush suburb, Sandton for 25th African Union (AU) Summit said during the summit of the Committee of Ten (C-10) yesterday that Africa should reaffirm the need for the African Union member states to be fully united on the reforms of the UN Security Council. President Lungu said it was imperative for Africa to continue to constructively engage in international negotiation processes in New York which he stated was the appropriate forum to discuss the UN Security Council reforms.

He said it was important for Africa to champion the cause of inclusiveness and integrity of the UN reforms.

He stated that there was need for Africa to continue engaging other interest groups as well as countries which were not aligned with any interest group in order to advance, advocate, canvas and promote the common African position on the reforms of the UN.

President Lungu stated that Africa could only attain its desire to have the UN reforms if AU member states remained fully united in purpose.

“Africa can only and effectively attain its desire of having the UN reforms if all the African Union member states remain fully united and speak with one voice while rejecting any attempts aimed at undermining the unity of the union. Africa must remain steadfast in its commitment to the common position as we reaffirm the need for the African Union member states to continue to be fully united on all issues of reforms,” President Lungu said. The Head of State said he had the confidence that the African voice would remain loud and clear in its pursuit of the common goal of rightful representation on the major organ of the world body.

And President Mugabe yesterday took a swipe at African countries that were exhibiting tendencies of going against resolution of African organs for fear of losing their support from their former colonial masters.

 

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