AU Commission chair urges common stand on UN reforms

Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- AU Commission Chairman Alpha Oumar Konare has urged African nations to speak with one voice at the UN on the issue of the proposed review of the UN system, especially Security Council reforms to make it more representative.
"There is a need for the continent to speak with one voice, to participate more effectively in this discussion, to be able to assert African influence on the proposed review to realise the benefits," Konare said in his welcome address at the 4th ordinary session of the assembly of AU leaders, which opened in Abuja Sunday.
"We should not allow ourselves to be content with what is available," he said.
Africa, which has no permanent seat on the Council, is pushing for two slots on an expanded UN Security Council, with Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa angling to fill the continent's slots.
Konare called for the total cancellation of debts of African nations, which is costing US$20 billion annually to service it, and the doubling of grants to the continent to enable it meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
He also called on the leaders to work out modalities for the implementation of already agreed projects in road construction and a common African passport, among others, "because these are not dreams.

30 january 2005 12:40:00

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