African leaders attending the African Union (AU) Committee of ten (C10 ) summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea have called for heightened engagements with the United Nations in order to have permanent representation in the security council.
The Heads of State have since directed Foreign Affairs Ministers from C10 member countries to draft a new framework that will provide new avenue for Africa to fast track her claim for permanent seats in the United Nations Security Council.
The new framework is expected to be presented at the July AU summit for consideration and implementation.
In a communique read by Minister of Foreign Affairs for Sierra Leone Samua Kamara, the African leaders bemoned that after 12 years of negotiations, the demands of the Ezulwini consensus have not been achieved.
The Ezulwini consensus is Africa’s common position for permanent representation in the U.N. Security Council with vetoing powers.
The C10 leaders said they were disappointed that there has been little dividends on the advocacy UN reforms.
The Heads of State urged African countries to remain United and speak one voice and language on the push and implementation of the Ezulwini consensus.
And President Ernest Koroma of Sierra Leone expressed optimism that the resolutions of the summit will give renewed hope to Africa’s push for UN reforms.
Dr Koroma assured that the upcoming AU summit in July later this year will decide and chart the way forward for Africa’s cause.
President Koroma stated that the new engagements will be a turning point in canvassing for support for Africa’s bid for a seat in the U.N. Security Council.