PRESIDENT Lungu was among several heads of State and government who attended the African Union (AU) Committee of 10 (C10) summit convened on Sunday night ahead of the 29th Ordinary AU Summit, which started yesterday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The meeting was called to follow up on the C10 summit held in Malabo, Equatoral Guinea, in May this year.
The committee is tasked to spearhead the AU’s quest for reforms in the United Nations Security Council.
During the open session of the summit, C10 group chairperson President Ernest Koroma of Sierra Leone commended President Lungu and other heads of State for attending the Malabo summit.
“Let me thank the Presidents of Zambia, Namibia, Equatorial Guinea and Congo, who themselves attended the summit in Malabo and made valuable contributions to the meeting,” he said.
President Koroma called on C10 members to fully commit to the ideals of the group to achieve its mandate.
“Those of you who attended the Malabo meeting will remember that one of the conclusions was that we need to re-energise our efforts of engagement in pursuing our mandate of the position of the C10 to be adopted,” President Koroma said.
The Sunday summit later went into a closed session in which a report of the Malabo summit was adopted.
And special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda said the C10 leaders re-affirmed the position of the group to push for reforms in the United Nations (UN) Security Council.
“The leaders of the summit met yesterday [Sunday] and re-affirmed a common position that the United Nations must accelerate reforms in the Security Council. If this does not happen quickly, it will reinforce the view that Africa is marginalised,” Mr Chanda said.
He said a report of the Malabo summit, which seeks to strengthen the levels of engagement by the C10 in the quest for permanent representation in the UN Security Council, was adopted as a common position of the group.
The C10 is a grouping of 10 countries drawn from each African region mandated to spearhead Africa’s pursuit for permanent representation in the UN Security Council. ZANIS