UN Security Council: Reform Proposals Discussed in MINREX

Germany, Japan, Brazil and India are currently campaigning for the enlargement of its membership.

The Ambassadors of Germany, Hans-Dieter Stell, Japan, Kunio  Okumura and acting Chargé d’Affaire of Brazil  to Cameroon, Paulo de Mello Vidal during talks with Cameroon’s Minister of External Relations, Lejeune Mbella Mbella presented their proposals for  the  United Nations Security Council to be reformed. The three diplomats had discussions with the Minister in Yaounde on May 11, 2017.

It emerged from their discussions that 163 of the 193 members of the United Nations were in favour of the reform which hinges on the enlargement of the UN Security Council. Paulo de Mello Vidal told the press that the UN Security Council no longer reflected the current world scenario characterized by emerging countries both in Africa and Asia. Germany, Japan, Brazil and India called the G4 countries launched the process to reform the Council in 2004-2005. Discussions at the Ministry of External Relations were intended to rekindle the idea of the reform a few months ahead of the UN General Assembly session in September 2017.

The German Ambassador on his part, said they solicited Cameroon’s support because the country occupies an important position in Africa. He said since the creation of the UN Security Council 70 years ago, a lot has changed in the world and the Council is no longer able to play its role. It was time to accelerate discussions on the reforms of the council.

Earlier in the day, Minister Lejeune Mbella Mbella in received the Russian Ambassador to Cameroon, Nikolay Ratsiborinsky who came to invite Cameroon to participate in the upcoming economic forum to take place in St Petersburg, Russia. Talking to the press after the audience, the Russian diplomat said his country was soliciting Cameroon’s expertise in organizing supporting competitions. Specifically, they would want Cameroonian experts to support them in organizing the upcoming Confederation Cup. He said they also discussed events in the Middle East like the war in Syria.

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