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Ambassador Baso Sangqu of South Africa, which has just left the Security Council after two terms as a non-permanent member, told reporters that the Council “desperately needs to be reformed” and Africa given greater say. UNTV
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STORY: UN / SANGQU
TRT: 2.03
SOURCE: UNTV
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 3 JANUARY 2013, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

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3 JANUARY 2013, NEW YORK CITY

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Baso Sangqu, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations:
“The Security Council desperately needs to be reformed and we see the expansion in both categories. We subscribe fully to the position of the African Union that two African States must be given permanent seats in the Security Council, with off course the five rotating seats. That is the Ezulwini Consensus, that is what South Africa is working within. Once there is that, you know, once the reform takes place, off course African Union must decide who those permanent seats will be.”
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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Baso Sangqu, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations:
“We found it very strange that a lot of resources were being directed at fighting piracy whilst there were little resources that were being put to AMISOM, and I think now, we fought very hard, I think it was during our presidency when our Minister sponsored a meeting on AMISOM at the ministerial level, which then led to the increasing of the strength of AMISOM.”
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8. SOUNDBITE (English) Baso Sangqu, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations:
“We have supported of course a two-pronged approach, which is engage with Bamako; there are challenges there in terms of governance. So you need to strengthen, you know, the governance in Bamako and strengthen the Government so that indeed you have a partner in terms of the Government that we can engage with the international community in trying to deal with both the challenges that Bamako has and also the challenges that you are having now as part of Al-Qaida and terrorists in the north.”
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Ambassador Baso Sangqu of South Africa, which has just left the Security Council after two terms as a non-permanent member, told reporters that the Council “desperately needs to be reformed” and Africa given greater say.

Sangqu said the expansion should be in both the permanent and non-permanent categories, subscribing fully to the position of the African Union that “two African States must be given permanent seats in the Security Council” as agreed in the Ezulwini Consensus.

The Ezulwini Consensus is the African common position on United Nations reform as agreed at the 7th Extraordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union in March 2005.

The South African Ambassador made clear that his country aspires to obtain one of those seats, but said that once the Council reform is approved, it is the African Union that must decide “who those permanent seats will be.”

Sangqu highlighted the successes of South Africa’s tenure in the Council, in particular in dealing with African issues such as the situation in Somalia.

He said his delegation “found it very strange that a lot of resources were being directed at fighting piracy” while “little resources” were being allocated for the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM).

He said it was during South Africa’s Council presidency that a ministerial level on the issue took place, “which then led to the increasing of the strength of AMISOM.”

On Mali, he said South Africa has supported “a two-pronged approach” which includes strengthening the Government in Bamako “so that indeed you have a partner in terms of the Government that we can engage with the international community” and a military approach in dealing with “Al-Qaida and terrorists in the north.”

The Security Council in December authorized the deployment of an African-led intervention force to assist the authorities in recovering rebel-held regions in the north and restoring the unity of the country.

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