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Akinterinwa demands urgent UN Security Council reform

13 November 2014, 09:03

Lagos - Professor Bola Akinterinwa, Director General of the the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs, reiterated the country's commitment to the Intergovernmental Negotiation (IGN) on the reform of the United Nations of the Security Council.

"Nigeria has continued to express her support for the advancement of the IGN process in an open, inclusive and transparent manner," Akinterinwa said at the Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on Agenda 119: Question of Equitable Representation of Equitable Representation on Membership Increase of the Security Council and Related Matters.

"Consistent with this, my delegation calls on all parties to be prepared to display openness and flexibility to make concessions that would enable us find a common ground and move this process forward in a progressive manner."

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The presenter wished to seize this opportunity to reaffirm African common position as enunciated in the Ezulwini Consensus to which the continent held strongly.

"We also wish to underscore the overriding need to ensure that the interest of Africa continues to be put forward and safeguarded during this new process.

The African Group supports a comprehensive reform of the Security Council, particularly in the area of membership," said Akinterinwa.

"In this connection, the Group is demanding for two seats in the permanent category and additional two seats in the non-permanent category. This is important in order to correct the historical injustice done to the continent and its marginalization over so many years."

- CAJ News

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