Malawi has backed India’s candidature for a permanent seat in UN Security Council after Malawi President Peter Mutharika added his voice to the calls for reforming and restructuring of the 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, last month, 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.
According to a report by Press Trust of India (PTI), Malawi and most African nations have backed India candidature calling UN to allow more representation of countries through permanent and non-permanent membership at the Council, thereby keeping with the changed times.
India’s Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday called on Africa to join hands with India to put in place more democratic global governance structures as she demanded the inclusion of India and representatives of Africa in a revamped UN Security Council.
Speaking at the India-Africa foreign ministers’ meeting in New Delhi, Swaraj also called for a “regular review mechanism” to evaluate the efficacy of implementation of various programmes launched by India at the bilateral, regional and pan-African levels.
The foreign ministers’ meet aims to set the stage for the third India-Africa summit that is to take place on Thursday. The summit is billed as the biggest gathering of foreign dignitaries in New Delhi since the 1983 Non-Aligned Summit. Previous India-Africa summits—the first in New Delhi in 2008 and the second in Addis Ababa in 2011—were smaller events, with India and representatives of select African countries participating.
Making a strong case for the reform of the UN Security Council, Swaraj asked: “How can we expect legitimacy from a governance structure that excludes the entire African continent and a country which represents one-sixth of humanity?”
“India and Africa can no longer be excluded from their rightful place of the permanent membership of the UN Security Council,” she said, PTI reported.
India has been campaigning for a permanent seat in a reformed UN Security Council for many years. It has joined hands with Germany, Japan and Brazil to form a pressure group to push forward the reforms process but so far the grouping has met with little success.
The UN Security Council consists of five permanent members— US, UK, France, China and Russia—and 10 non-permanent members who are elected for a rotating two-year term.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :