AU C-10 Summit ends with no major changes

17 Jan 2016 15:01pm
WINDHOEK, 17 JAN (NAMPA) – The African Union (AU) Committee of Ten (C-10) Heads of State Summit ended here on Friday with a recommendation that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) reform be discussed at the next summit.
Participants decided that the issue of the reform of the Security Council be the first item on the agenda of the 26th AU Summit, slated for 21 to 31 January 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“The just concluded summit has created recommendations that will require the AU to consider this matter in the next AU General Assembly meeting.
“Maybe something more conclusive will be put out on issues of timeframe as well as reactions from African countries on what they will do if they do not gain favour from what they have requested,” said C-10 chairperson and President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Koroma during a feedback session after the summit.
The AU C-10summit in Windhoek was held to deliberate on the reform of the UN Security Council, as many African leaders have been demanding for the expansion of permanent and non-permanent membership to reflect geopolitical realities and regional representation.
African countries have been calling for the reform since 2005 but not much has been done.
The summit also reiterated the call for African unity and solidarity to continue to canvass the support of other member states with the view of correcting the injustice done to the continent and address the inequalities done within the UN system.
Additionally, the summit decided to continue engaging with AU member states through regular briefings and reports as to coordinate their active participation in the intergovernmental negotiation process for Africa to remain resolute and speak with one voice on the reform agenda.
Meanwhile, only four out of 10 Heads of State attended the summit.
They were Koroma; Namibia’s Hage Geingob; Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Mbasogo; and Zambian President, Edgar Lungu.
Algeria, Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Libya, Senegal and Uganda were represented by their foreign affairs ministers.
The Security Council is one of six principal organs of the UN and is charged with the maintenance of international peace and security, as well as accepting new members to the UN and approving any changes to the UN Charter.