Monday, September 25, 2006

Sierra Leone VP lobbies for U.N. Security Council seats for Africans

UNITED NATIONS Sierra Leone's Vice President Solomon Berewa pressed on with Africa's campaign to get permanent seats on the U.N. Security Council, telling the General Assembly on Thursday that the council would never be democratic or fair without it. "We are very unhappy about the sluggish pace of the Security Council reform which is close to the heart of Africa," Berewa said. He insisted that Africa deserves to get "its rightful place" on the council — probably amounting to more than one seat for countries of that continent. "Obviously, the Security Council can never be a just, democratic and representative body that it should be if Africa with fifty-three member states in the United Nations does not have permanent representation, and one that is proportional to its size," he said. (read more)