ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen called for a fair representation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
African countries have long been demanding reform to the UNSC, arguing the need for a more democratic and representative council.
FM Demeke said the UNSC reform is long overdue while addressing a consultative meeting held on the sidelines of the ongoing UN General Assembly.
The purpose of the meeting – organized by Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz – was to exchange views on current global development issues and UN reform.
The meeting involved mainly non-permanent members of the UNSC from Africa and a few countries of interest in the reform of the UN and international financial institutions.
FM Demeke expressed that Ethiopia’s position is in line with the African common position on the issue.
The Ezulwini Common African Position was adopted by the African Union in 2005, seeking two permanent seats and five non-permanent seats for the continent.
It is in the interest of the whole world to make the UNSC fair and representative, the Ethiopian Foreign minister said.
The 15-member council has only five countries – China, France, Russia, the UK, and the US – as its permanent members. The other 10 are rotating non-permanent members with two-year terms each.
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