Speaking in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia today, during a closed-door meeting the C-10 Summit of the 26th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU), President Lungu said if Africa has to ensure achievement of its core mandate, which among others, includes achieving peace and security on the African Continent, the reform of the UN Security Council is a must.
President Lungu reiterated that the African continent continues to be denied membership to the most important body of the global body despite continued unwavering and resolute participation in world affairs.
“I would like at this juncture, to draw a very important point that was yesterday so eloquently made and spoken with full authority by our beloved President, Robert Mugabe, a true Pan-Africanist, one of our revered statesmen, with the African cause at heart who emphasized the need for reforms at the UN,” said President Lungu.
President Lungu lamented that the UN Security Council remains non representative of the global community, and yet addresses matters that are pertinent, in this instance, to Africa and Africa’s challenges.
He said that Africa remains better placed to offer viable and workable solutions to African problems that are presented before the UN Security Council, as it is the Africans themselves that best understands the dynamics of the challenges of the continent.
“Africa knows what Africa needs and what Africa wants, so it is imperative that Africa is afforded an equal opportunity to make the decisions taken in the quest to achieve peace and security to allow for sustainable development,” said the Head of State.
He added that growing global concerns such as climate change, terrorism and the global economic situation, invariably affect continents like Africa the most, because of the region’s challenges in responding effectively to these issues.
President Lungu said these concerns, therefore, will only be adequately addressed once Africa takes up two seats on the UN Security Council, seats that he said will represent one committed voice and send a single message representing the 54 African countries.
He called on African leaders not to relent but soldier on with the common cause, saying Africa needs to be united and resolute in its quest to fight for mother Africa.
President Lungu has since left for Zambia.
The Presidential jet carrying President Lungu left Bole Addis Ababa International Airport at about 14:30 hours Zambian time.