‘Africa needs per­ma­nent seat in se­cu­rity coun­cil’

Daily Trust - - AFRICA - By Romoke W. Ah­mad in Bei­jing, China

The Peo­ples Repub­lic of China has re­it­er­ated its firm po­si­tion in the re­form of the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil say­ing it is a good idea and hoped that Africa will get a per­ma­nent seat to stop in­tim­i­da­tion of the con­ti­nent.

The Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, African Depart­ment of China’s min­istry of for­eign af­fairs, Mr. Lu Shaye, said this in Bei­jing, China while ad­dress­ing a group of African jour­nal­ists.

“China has a firm po­si­tion on the re­form of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil. We rec­og­nized it and it is good but we hope that Africa will get a per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the coun­cil to solve the his­tor­i­cal in­tim­i­da­tion of African coun­tries,” Shaye said

He also ac­cused Western pow­ers of con­fus­ing African coun­tries to achieve their per­sonal goal say­ing that was why the Western pow­ers are pre­vent­ing Africa from get­ting a per­ma­nent seat in the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

He ad­vised African coun­tries to re­main strong and united adding that “if Africa sep­a­rate, other coun­tries will take ad­van­tage of that which will un­der­mine the unity of the con­ti­nent.”

On what ex­pe­ri­ence Africa can draw from China, Shaye said, “we don’t like to be a teacher to an­other coun­try but African coun­tries can look at our sys­tem and turn it around for their own good but not copy­ing it di­rectly be­cause what is good for us might not be for the con­ti­nent since we are face with dif­fer­ent chal­lenges.”

On their con­tri­bu­tion to Africa, so far, he stated that China in­tended to train 30,000 work­ers from Africa be­tween 2013 and 2015 as well as 7000 scholarships for African stu­dent dur­ing the same pe­riod.

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