Geingob disappointed with low C-10 turnout

14 Jan 2016 21:50pm
WINDHOEK, 14 JAN (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob has expressed disappointment in the low turnout of Heads of State for the African Union (AU) Committee of 10 (C-10) summit to be held here on Friday.
Only four Heads of State are set to attend the one-day summit of the African Union on the reform of the UN Security Council in the Namibian capital.
Geingob, during a dinner hosted in honour of the visiting Heads of State and foreign affairs ministers on Thursday evening, said as a committee that is trying to get two permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), it was disappointing that the other members of the United Nations (UN) sent their foreign affairs ministers on their behalf.
'We are discussing a very serious matter; that of talking about a security council with two seats of permanency.What message are we sending? This is not a message we can send to those we are asking to give us two seats,'he stated.
African countries are members of the United Nations (UN), but are not represented on the UNSC.
They have been bidding for membership since 2005.
Presidents in attendance are Sierra Leone's president and Chairperson of the C-10 committee, Ernest Koroma; Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Mbasogo; and Geingob who is the hosting president; while Zambian president, Edgar Lungu will arrive on Friday.
A disappointed Geingob further went on to say that the last C-10 meeting was only attended by three heads of state.
'This is not a good sign,' the Namibian Head of State said.