Ghana Foreign Minister Nana Addo Akufo-Addo said Africa will look at new ways
of collaborating with India for expanding the UN Security Council (UNSC) and
said he hoped that “the forthcoming AU summit at Banjul will give a new push to
Akufo-Addo is a key African leader involved in creating AU consensus on
Security Council expansion will meet African heads of state and governments in
a weeklong 53-nation meet this week.
Akufo-Addo, known for his generous contribution to the ruling party and an
array of philanthropic projects, is convinced that it is no longer possible for
major powers to skirt the issue of Security Council expansion saying that the
UNSC “is not reflective of the global realities of today.” He stressed that the
AU was trying hard to evolve a consensus on the issue, but there were still
divisions and differences.
Most of the continents are divided on the issue of UNSC expansion and not just
Africa. Africa wants two permanent seats with veto powers in an expanded
Security Council whereas the G4 grouping comprising India, Germany, Brazil and
Japan presented a proposal in the General Assembly for 6 permanent seats with
no immediate veto powers and four extra non-permanent seats. Last year, the AU
came close to supporting a joint plan with the G4, but the understanding was
not endorsed by the AU summit at Addis Ababa. A compromise deal is being
planned to present a joint resolution that would propose six permanent seats
with no immediate veto powers and five non-permanent seats. If the AU supports
a joint plan with the G4, the UNSC expansion will get the necessary momentum
stalled because of lack of support from current so-called permanent members.
The resolution needs 128 votes to pass muster in the 191-member General