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Senegal and S/Africa to work for Africa's representation at Security Council

02 October 2013, 20:03

Dakar - Senegalese President Macky Sall and his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, have decided to work together to ensure that Africa is represented in the UN Security Council.

The two presidents voiced the decision at a joint news conference on Tuesday in the Senegalese capital Dakar during Zuma's 48-hour visit to the West African country.

"When the Security Council was created in 1945, no African country was independent apart from Liberia.

"It is not normal that with such a huge population, Africa still remains absent in the UN Security Council," Sall said.

The demand of the AU must be taken into account in major international decisions, he said, promising to raise the issue during the next AU summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Sall vowed to continue working with his South African counterpart to promote African integration.

Zuma deplored the fact that the developed countries hardly respond when the issue of African representation at the UN Security Council is raised.

"We shall devise a strategy to push them to act,’’ he said, adding "the time has come for the African continent to have permanent representation at the Security Council."



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