Mugabe engages France over UNSC seat

Source: Mugabe engages France over UNSC seat – DailyNews Live January 18, 2017

Gift Phiri, News Editor

HARARE – President Robert Mugabe has engaged France’s leader, Francois
Hollande, to intervene in calls to include one of Africa’s 54 States in
the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Mugabe – currently on a month-long leave – tabled the request last weekend
during a closed-door meeting with Hollande at the two-day 27th edition of
the French Africa-Summit in Bamako, Mali, according to State TV.  Earlier
in his speech to the summit, Mugabe pressed France – one of the five
permanent members of the UNSC – to ensure the continent secures the seat.
Set up in 1946 by the winners of the World War II, the UNSC comprises of
15 members, five of them – Britain, France, China, the United States and
Russia – permanent while 10 are non-permanent, serving for two years on a
rotational basis.

“We welcome France’s position on the UNSC reform, which supports the
expansion of both permanent and non-permanent seats and takes into
consideration the need to address the injustice felt by African
countries,” Mugabe told the 35 heads of State who attended the summit.

“Nevertheless, we call for progress in the long-running negotiations on
this critical issue. Let me reiterate that the African position, which is
contained in the Ezulwini Consensus and the Sirte Declaration, remains
unchanged since its reaffirmation at the last African Union (AU) Summit in
Kigali,” he said.

The Ezulwini Consensus, adopted by Sadc leaders in Swaziland in 2005,
states that Africa demands at least two permanent seats – including veto
power – and five non-permanent seats in the Security Council, with the AU
choosing which countries would get the seats.

The Security Council is the UN’s most powerful body and helps shape
international law. But critics said it represents an international order
that no longer exists – that of France, UK, US, China and Russia as world

In September last year, Mugabe told thousands of Zanu PF supporters that
he would mobilise other African countries to pull out of the UN in protest
over the body’s alleged refusal to reform the Security Council.

The 92-year-old leader said Africa would form a splinter group headed by
China and Russia if the Security Council remained unchanged at next year’s
general assembly summit.

Stephen Chan, a professor of world politics at the School of Oriental and
African Studies at the University of London told the Daily News: “. . .
The world is facing urgent problems which the current balance of power
cannot properly address. No one wants to enlarge or alter that balance of
power. As for Hollande, he is a lame-duck president, he is interested only
in Francophonic Africa and the two candidates for a Security Council
permanent seat are not Francophonic. They are Nigeria and South Africa,
but neither of them is looking like a mature world power right now.
Basically, this just isn’t going to happen,” he added.

An observer, Takura Zhangazha said while Mugabe’s intentions were noble as
the current UN structure was out-dated and definitely not reflective of
the current world order, his campaign will fail given his tainted image
and that most superpowers are not ready to open up and allow Africa to
have veto power in the Security Council.


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    Colbertnation 5 years ago

    Oh Africa, when are you going to realize that the Security council is not about Democracy it’s about power. You must have resources and the ability to project power, most African nations can barely secure their own country let alone project it beyond funding militias the next country over. The AU is dependant on western financing, African components of UN peacekeeping missions deployed on Western Transport and Logistics. The amount that the continent contributes to the UN itself is pitiful and the aid it receives is huge.

    And not reflective of the world, let’s see the most powerful militaries and economies in the world, US CHINA RUSSIA BRITAIN FRANCE GERMANY. When your main dish is the UN food ration and main mode of military transport is the Pickup truck, you have little business demanding a seat on the world governing body. the world isn’t a touchy freely place where everybody gets a spot it’s about strength, has been from the dawn of time and will be to the end

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    Kevin 5 years ago

    Very few African states pass muster on the rule of law so the West and France will not be that enthusiastic about a group of lawless countries giving on a subject which is all about rules and laws. Only when Africa complies with the norms and standards of the 21st century will there be a case for a seat on the UNSC. Zimbabwe is one of the worst culprits.

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    SO, that ol’ geriatric fart spent about $1million flying from Dubai to Mali and back to Dubai just to ask Hollande to put an African country on the Security Council. WOW! That trip sure is a very productive one for Zim – we’ll export frog’s legs, maybe the French want an Elephant or two, maybe a couple of lions and definetly some hyeanas. We can import camels from Mali. They are desert ranging animals that do not require too much water, so they will stay alive longer in our drought-ridden country. As for a seat on the Security Council with the right of a veto – you have to be joking. They will never give the seat to Zim/Mugabe, and as for Nigeria and South Africa – Nigeria is not only a failed state but it has to be one of THE MOST CORRUPT on the continent; South Africa is no longer a Black-run country in Southern Africa to look up to, it has become just another failed African country in southern Africa led by a band of serious corrupt individuals.