The Presidents of Zimbabwe and Equatorial Guinea, Robert Mugabe and Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo have both stated the need for enacted at the UN Security Council as they both desire that the continent 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 in February.
Robert 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 saw it necessary to discuss what our position is regarding various matters. The issue of reforms in the United Nations Security Council, and our position as a continent. Then the issue of peace and security in Africa and terrorism.” said Mugabe
Nguema said there was a 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.