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African countries call for accelerating UN Security Council reform

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield (center) votes during a U.N. Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East at U.N. headquarters on Monday. The Security Council adopted a U.S.-drafted resolution supporting a cease-fire plan in Gaza. Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

Bankole Adeoye, the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, stressed on Monday in Algiers the need for UN Security Council reform, while calling for negotiations among African countries to accelerate this reform.

Adeoye made the remarks at the 11th Ministerial-Level Meeting of the AU Committee of Ten of Heads of State and Government on the Reform of the UN Security Council, according to Algeria's official APS news agency. He also pointed out other priorities in Africa, including the imperative of silencing weapons, combating terrorism, achieving continental integration and ensuring better representation at the international level.

For his part, Algerian Foreign Minister Ahmed Attaf said that Africa wanted a reform of the Security Council that would lift the historical injustice and distance it from the tensions and divisions that have obscured its role, stressing that Africa's marginalization in the Security Council affects the entire international system.

Timothy Musa Kabba, Sierra Leone's minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, whose country chairs the committee, highlighted the necessity of reaching an African consensus on reforming the Security Council, calling on African leaders to speed up negotiations aimed at achieving this objective.

Established in 2005, the Committee comprises Algeria, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Libya, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Uganda and Zambia.

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