Tuesday, September 27, 2011
By: UN News Service
West African countries today called for enlarging the 15-member Security Council to give their continent its due representation on the United Nations body whose decisions are legally binding, as opposed to the recommendations issued by the 193-member General Assembly.
They also voiced full support for mediation as a means of pre-empting crises, the theme of this yearвЂ™s Assembly annual general debate.
вЂњNegotiations for Security Council reform must be intensified with the adoption of a precise timetable for their conclusion,вЂќ Foreign Minister Nassirou Bako-Arifari of Benin told the Assembly, proposing 2015 as the target date for giving Africa permanent representation on an enlarged body.
вЂњIt is time to put an end to this intolerable injustice which excludes a whole continent Africa, the only one, from the supreme decision-making body on international security.вЂќ
He also called for reinforcing the operational capacities of the UN and regional organizations to face the worldвЂ™s multiple crises. вЂњAt the global level we believe in the virtues of multilateralism; thatвЂ™s why we have even more need for a UN which must be entrusted with a more decisive role in world governance, a UN which will be the spearhead for actions that will promote, within a framework of inclusion, lasting global solutions to all types of crises,вЂќ he said.
Mr. Bako-Arifari also appealed for international help to fight piracy that has recently intensified off BeninвЂ™s coast in the Gulf of Guinea.
Foreign Minister Djibrill YipГЁnГЁ BassolГ© of Burkina Faso said his country had been engaged for more than a decade in efforts to reform the UN вЂњto allow it to conform with the exigencies of a world that is in full transformation.
вЂњFor Burkina Faso, reform must take into account the interests of all Member States and increase the effectiveness of our Organization in handling peace and security, stability and development in all parts of the world,вЂќ he said.
With regard to mediation he cited the role of Burkina FasoвЂ™s President Blaise CompaorГ© in helping to resolve crises in Guinea, CГґte d’Ivoire and Togo.
MauritaniaвЂ™s Foreign Minister Hamady Ould Hamady called for Security Council reform that would include permanent representation for Africa and the Arab Group. вЂњThe Security Council must fairly reflect the will of the entire international community,вЂќ he said.
He also noted that organized crime, such as kidnapping, terrorism, and drug, weapon and human trafficking, had been expanding for many years in the Sahara region, posing a threat to peace and stability. In cooperation with neighbouring countries, Mauritania had put a stop to the activities of those terrorist groups and made it impossible for them to move freely, he added.