Malawi President Peter Mutharika added his voice to the calls for reforming and restructuring of the UN Security Council in order to resolve conflicts surrounding Middle East and African nations.
In his address at the 70th United Nations (UN) general assembly in New York, on Tuesday, Mutharika commented on reforming the UN Security Council, saying he has closely monitored the intergovernmental negotiations on how the Security Council can be reformed to make it more representative, effective, transparent and accountable to all.
He called for wider reforms of the UN Security Council and urged peace missions to focus on political solutions and conflict prevention.
“There is need for comprehensive peace and security partnerships involving the United Nations Security Council, regional actors and national mechanisms,” said Mutharika in his 14 minutes speech monitored by Nyasa Times on UN live webcast.
In collaboration with Brazil, Germany and India, Japan is pushing for expanding the number of both permanent and nonpermanent members of the 15-member Security Council, especially because this year marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations’ founding.
Calls have been made by many countries for U.N. reform since the late 1990s. No consensus, however, has been reached among its member countries.
Speaking at the UN, South African President Jacob Zuma also stressed on reforming and restructuring of the UN Security Council, calling UN to allow more representation of countries through permanent and non-permanent membership at the Council, thereby keeping with the changed times.
“The UN cannot pretend that the world has not changed since 1945. We are no longer colonies. We are free, independent sovereign states,” he said.
Mutharika’s speech also dwelled on world peace.
“We cannot realise a complete sense of peace without justice, dignity and freedom. We can rejoice that in the seventy  years of the work of the UN, we have collectively averted another world war, however, during the same period, we have lived in fear, and uncertainty, in a world tainted by conflicts, poverty and violence that have endangered our own existence,” said Mutharika.
He appealed to the UN to take the responsibility to “compensate the abused.”
Said Mutharika: “ There is greater need for political will by all actors to peace missions, to just mention a few.”
However, Mutharika said the quest for peace and security should be “hinged on sustainable socioeconomic development for our people; development that has a true meaning and reflection in the lives of our people.”
Made up of all the 193 Member States of the United Nations, the Assembly provides a forum for multilateral discussion of international issues covered by the UN Charter.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :