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    Africa Wants Veto Powers in UN Security Council

    Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (R) poses for photos ahead of his meeting with Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (L) at Zimbabwe State House in Harare, Jan. 23, 2016.
    Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (R) poses for photos ahead of his meeting with Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (L) at Zimbabwe State House in Harare, Jan. 23, 2016.

    Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo say Africa wants to see reforms enacted at the U.N. Security Council and they want the continent to be given at least one spot as a permanent member. The call came at the end of a visit to Zimbabwe by Nguema and ahead of an African Union General Assembly later this month.

    Mugabe — who is handing over the rotating AU chairmanship — said his Equatorial Guinea counterpart ,Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, was in Zimbabwe because of the upcoming African summit in Ethiopia.

    "On the event of the meeting of the African Union, he [Nguema] saw it meet to discuss what our position is regarding various matters. The issue of the reform of the U.N. Security Council and our position as Africa. Then the issue of peace and security in Africa and terrorism."

    Nguema said there was need for African leaders to translate political independence to economic independence. He said Africa’s leaders must work today to ensure that this becomes a reality. On the issue of the U.N. Security Council, speaking through an interpreter, Nguema said reforms should be taken seriously.

    "Concerning the reforms of United Nations Security Council which Africa is gunning for; we are asking for two seats of the security council of the United Nations. But if we are not given two, let us be given one with full recognition of members with right to veto. I think that is the revolution which Africa looks for."

    Russia, Britain, China, France and the United States are the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. Now Africa — as a continent —  wants to be represented in that powerful U.N. group.

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    by: anonymous
    January 25, 2016 4:46 AM
    Bwise, take your query to the US State Department re Libya.
    Then look at all the genocides throughout Africa, get your calculator out and do the sums of those people who died, by country and total the number for the continent.

    See that number ? mmm = mind numbing I'am sure, but there perhaps is the clue.

    by: Shug Gilchrist from: Africa
    January 25, 2016 3:31 AM
    What do you expect from DESPOTS.

    by: meanbill from: USA
    January 24, 2016 2:48 PM
    A Wise Man thinks it's only fair that some African country or the African Union has veto powers on attacks by non-African countries on African countries like Libya? .. Why was the US, NATO and the Arab league able to approve the no-fly zone and air assault on the African country of Libya without the approval of the African league? .. Or why are non-African countries allowed to arm and supply militias to overthrow legitimate African countries?

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