Amutse demands UN seat for Africa

26 Jan 2016 10:00am
ONGWEDIVA, 26 JAN (NAMPA) – Omusati Regional Council (RC) Chairperson, Modestus Amutse has joined other African citizens in demanding a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
“I want to urge all Africans to never waiver but fight head-on until we get a permanent seat in the UN decisive structures,” said Amutse, who is also the Omusati Regional Councillor for the Oshikuku Constituency.
In a media statement issued on Monday, he said while African leaders have differences, they should forget such differences and say in one voice that “the permanent seat for Africa is long overdue”.
The UNSC’s primary responsibility is the maintenance of international peace and security. Its only permanent members are China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States of America.
The UNSC non-permanent members are Angola, New Zealand, Egypt, Japan, Malaysia, Senegal, Spain, Ukraine, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Heads of State of the Committee of 10 (C-10) of the African Union met in Windhoek on the 15 January 2016 to discuss the continental body’s call for a permanent seat on the UNSC and how that would be better representation on the global body’s committee responsible for global peace and security. The C-10 is an initiative of the AU to accelerate the reform of the UN, particularly its Security Council. The C-10 summit ended with Sierra Leone President, Ernest Koroma providing the best summary saying Africa is aware that the changes in the global power structures which it demands – particularly calls to be accorded space on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) – will not be offered on a silver platter.
Amutse was elected chairperson of the 12-member Omusati RC in December last year following the completion of the Regional Council Election held in the country in November the same year.
He took over from Simon Taati Shileka who has retired.