Africa threatens to quit United Nations
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – THE African Union (AU) has threatened withdrawal from the United Nations (UN) unless frantic efforts are made to transform the global grouping widely viewed as undemocratic.
Outgoing AU Chairman and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe accused the UN of being undemocratic and racist arguing enough was enough with the UN’s racist governance.
Mugabe made the announcement while introducing incoming AU chairman, President Idriss Déby Itno of Chad.
The veteran Pan Africanist said the continent would not hesitate to walk away from the UN if Westerners continued to block efforts to reform and democratise the organisation.
Mugabe’s UN withdrawal rhetoric received thunderous applause from fellow Heads of State and other delegates from the 54-member African grouping, who concurred the UN needed urgent transformation to give true representative of the world.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon was also present at the high table with Mugabe as the UN boss kept nodding his head as the outgoing AU Chair passionately spelt out the travesty of denying African countries equality in the comity of nations.
“We are supposed to be free and independent Mr Ban Ki Moon; supposed to be free— the 54 countries (of Africa). We come to the United Nations for the ceremonial (General Assembly); every year, September, we are there.
“We pay lots of money, go there and attend the General Assembly and make speeches, go back home: year in year out.
“But the bosses in the Security Council say you shall never have the powers that we have as permanent members…….Reform the Security Council,” Mugabe said to the applause of fellow African Heads of state.
He added: “In fact, there is only America and the Europeans – those who say they are white-skinned. . .because they are white-skinned. ‘Anyone who is not like us shall not have the powers, strength and integrity that we have.’ If the United Nations is to survive, we must be equal members of it; equal members who can say when we go to the body, that we are now speaking fully as members with a voice that’s understood, respected and honoured.”
Mugabe also took a swipe on the UN Security Council for failing to denounce Morocco’s continued ‘colonisation of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic’.
– CAJ News
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