Russia backing African call for UNSC reform – Lavrov

Russia backing African call for UNSC reform – Lavrov

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07.03.2018 - Pretoria / Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov said his country is backing calls by African countries including Namibia for reform of the UN Security Council, saying it is time the continent occupied a permanent seat in the powerful international peace and security watchdog.

 "We support strongly the African Union’s position to be fairly represented in the United Nations Security Council. We are convinced that the biggest deficiency under the current system is unfair to developing regions of Asia, Africa and Latin America” Lavrov said during his meeting with his Namibian counterpart in Windhoek on Monday evening.

 "Whatever move that may materialize in pertaining to reforming the UN Security Council – the priority of increasing the representations should go to these developing regions,” he added.International Affairs and Cooperation Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah told her Russian counterpart that Namibia attach great importance to the reform of the UN Security Council.

 "For Namibia, the common African position as outlined in the Ezulwini Consensus and the Sirte Declaration, continue to remain the only viable option to redress the historical injustice done to the continent and, to ensure that Africa takes its place in the UNSC, including in the Permanent Category with the Right of Veto” she added.

 She said Namibia and Africa in general are counting on Russian support in future negotiations to bring this about.

 The Russian top diplomat is in Namibia for a state a three-day official visit that began on Monday.

 Lavrov will visit Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Ethiopia.

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