Tanzania calls for African solidarity on Security Council membershipListen /
Tanzania is appealing for African solidarity on the issue of representation in the UN Security Council.
The call was made by the country's Foreign Minister, Bernard Kamillius Membe, in his address to the General Assembly on Friday.
"It is important to remind ourselves that Africa is the largest Group in the United Nations and the only continent that does not have a Permanent Seat in the Security Council. This situation equally overlooks the fact that most discussions in the Security Council are about Africa. We, the African Leaders and the African Union, have voiced our sentiments and agreed to have two Permanent Seats with the Veto powers. I therefore appeal to Africa to maintain this momentum and solidarity." (Duration: 34″)
The Security Council is responsible for maintaining global peace and security.
The five permanent members are China, France, Russia the United Kingdom, the United States of America, all of whom have the right to veto.