Premier calls for UN reforms

15 May 2019 09:10am
By Edward Mumbuu Jnr
WINDHOEK, 14 MAY (NAMPA) – Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has called for an accelerated process of reforming the United Nations (UN) to ensure that a level playing field is realised.
She made these comments in a recent interview with Nampa.
The remarks stem from ongoing talks spearheaded by the United States of America government on the complete and verified abandonment of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missiles programme.
According to Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, some of the decisions by the UN Security Council are simply meant to advance certain nations’ interests to the disadvantage of the rest of the world.
To address this, she said the reforming of the UN is essential.
“We (Africans) are unhappy that we don’t enjoy rights that are enjoyed by other regions by way of having representation at the UN Security Council, by way of veto powers and participating in decision making,” she said.
History, according to the premier, is replete of such examples, such as when looking at the devastating intervention of the United States and its allies in countries like Iraq, Libya, Syria and others.
“A decision was taken by the Security Council supposedly to establish a no-fly zone, but it turns out that the decision was to get rid of the president and overthrow the government,” she complained in reference to Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, who was toppled in 2011.
“We are not happy with the way the situation of Iran is being handled. We are not happy with how the situation in Iraq was handled. We are not happy with the situation in Palestine and the annexing of the Golan Heights,” she added.
After the invasion of such countries, they have become largely ungovernable, she said, taking further exception with the fact that Namibia and other smaller nations were forced to cut ties with North Korea.
“We were treated as though we were not implementing the UN Resolution. The disruptive manner in which we were forced to send these people out of here, leaving projects incomplete, but we are dealing with people that were not listed at that time,” she lamented.
“While we respect the UN resolution, we are saying that those that have these weapons must also respect this resolution and not continue to build up but reduce with the aim of eventually disarm,” she said.
Her remarks follow a series of seminars, meetings and engagements in both New York and Washington with experts, scholars and diplomats, aimed at sensitising African journalists on the policy of the United States and its allies towards North Korea, relating to 'threats posed' by the Asian nation’s nuclear programme as well as its conventional forces.