African bidders for UN seat to plead case at Abuja summit

Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The AU summit slated to open here next weekend will afford countries advocating a permanent seat for Africa at the UN, a platform to present their case, Nigerian Information Minister Chukwuemeka Chikelu noted Wednesday.
Chikelu told State House correspondents in Abuja that the delegations of regional powers, including Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa had indicated their intention to storm Abuja for diplomatic horse trading.
Africa expects to get at least one permanent seat in a reformed UN Security Council, the organ responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security.
The minister said the mid-term summit billed for 30 and 31 January would be the largest gathering of international dignitaries in Abuja in recent times.
"In addition to African leaders, leaders of many international bodies are coming to Abuja.
Also, many interested in a seat in the envisaged UN reforms will be sending their delegations," he said.

27 january 2005 08:14:00




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