United Nations—Pakistan supports increasing the number of African seats in the United Nations Security Council “on the basis of periodic elections and fixed rotation” as part of the efforts to strengthen African Union-UN cooperation to deal with conflicts in the 54-nation continent.
Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi of Pakistan expressed these views while speaking in a Security Council debate on UN-AU Cooperation.
The Pakistani envoy underscored the role of regional organizations in addressing issues of international peace and security, particularly those pertaining to their own region.
In this context, Ambassador Lodhi said the UN-AU partnership should make effective use of the strong links between the regional bloc and its sub regional bodies. As one of the largest troop-contributing countries, for UN peace Minions “Pakistan was ready to explore further avenues of cooperation with the AU, as with well as individual African countries,” she told the 15-member Council.
“Pakistan has long-standing commitment to UN peacekeeping,” Ambassador Lodhi added. “We know that effective conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peace-building require rapid and appropriate responses and effective strategies, with matching financial, human and logistical support,” said, while stressing the need for assisting new African troop-contributing and police-contributing countries in strengthening their capacities and resources.
“Their voices, as those of other the Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs), must also be taken on board in mandate formation.” Noting that non-permanent members of the Security Council from Africa utilize their presidency of the Council to highlight regional priorities.
Ambassador Lodhi said, This is what is called responsiveness and responsibility to the region – to the countries that have supported your tenure in the Council through the process of election.
And this is what we believe must be strengthened in the Council – democracy, representativeness and accountability.” She added, “Pakistan, therefore, supports expansion in the number of African seats in the Council on the basis of periodic elections and fixed rotation.