Role of SA in the UN Security Council

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR ORAL REPLY

QUESTION NO: 8

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 3 OF 20 FEBRUARY 2007


DR A.N LUTHULI (ANC) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

1. What does it mean for South Africa to sit on the United Nations Security Council? N210E

REPLY:

1. South Africa's tenure as a non-permanent member of the United Security Council affords us the opportunity to make direct contribution to the maintenance of international peace and security.

2. South Africa needs to understand all the issues that are in the UNSC agenda so that we can take informed decisions in line with our own principles, values and policies. The decisions taken by the UNSC have implications for the whole world. It is a big responsibility.

3. The Permanent members wield a lot of the power in the UNSC so our contribution is in an environment where there is this power imbalance.

4. South Africa's vision is of an African continent that is prosperous, peaceful, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and united and which contributes to a world that is just and equitable. Membership of the Security Council is an opportunity to promote the African Agenda and South Africa's national interests.

5. Membership of the Security Council affords South Africa the opportunity to help promote multilateralism and respect for international law, as the most appropriate means of achieving global political and economic stability and security.



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