Security Council: Algeria requests two permanent seats for Africa

APS – 16 February 2020

NEW YORK-Permanent representative of Algeria at the United Nations (UN), Ambassador Sofiane Mimouni called to correct the historical injustice Africa continued to suffer by granting the continent two permanent seats under the reform of the Security Council.

Speaking at the first meeting on the intergovernmental negotiations on equitable representation at the Security Council, the ambassador reaffirmed Algeria’s support to the common stance of Africa about this reform, as reflected in the Ezulwini Consensus and the Sirte Declaration.

In this connection, the representative of Algeria stressed that the two permanent seats “must have all the privileges and rights relating to this category, including the veto right,” claiming at the same time two other non-permanent seats for Africa.

In this regard, Mimouni welcomed the great support to Africa’s common position from a signficant number of member states and interest groups, which represents “a recognition that reinforces the validity and appropriateness of Africa’s request.