Zambian leader to attend summit on UN reforms

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Zambian President Edgar Lungu is expected to attend the Committee of Ten (C-10) Summit in Equatorial Guinea aimed at accelerating Africa’s agenda for representation in the UN Security Council, a government official said on Tuesday.

The Zambian leader was scheduled to leave for the summit on Tuesday for the two-day event, according to Susan Sikaneta, the country’s ambassador to Equatorial Guinea.

The Zambian leader will join other leaders of the C-10 member countries that will hold consultative meetings to analyze recent developments on the reform of the UN Security Council during the meeting.

The Zambian envoy said the meeting was expected to review the developments that have taken place since the last meeting held in Namibia last year, according to state-run news agency, the Zambia News and Information Service (ZANIS).

The review will be the basis upon which the Heads of State will strategize on accelerating Africa’s push for a permanent representation and voting powers on the UN Security Council.

The meeting was also expected to map out strategies to further expand and intensify advancement of the African common position agreed by the African Union (AU) Ministers’ Meeting in Swaziland in 2005 and adopted by the summit in Libya in July of the same year.

The common position underscores Africa’s goal to be fully represented in all decision-making organs of the UN.

The C-10 comprises Algeria, Libya, Congo Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Namibia and Zambia.

Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba said on Monday that the importance of the meeting was to ensure that Africa takes its rightful position within the decision-making process of the UN and that Zambia was in fully solidarity with the African position. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh