26 September 2012

Namibia: Pohamba Calls for Security Council Reform

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The UN General Assembly.

President Hifikepunye Pohamba has reiterated appeals for the comprehensive reform of the United Nations (UN) Security Council to make it more democratic, transparent and better represent and serve the whole of humanity.

He made these statements on Monday at the United Nations (UN) high-level meeting on the Rule of Law at National and International Levels in New York.

The meeting was convened to reaffirm the commitment to the principle of and respect for the rule of law.

Pohamba noted that while the UN Charter assigns the Security Council with the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, it has become clear that the current composition and structure of the Security Council is unrepresentative and undemocratic.

"It is our duty to ensure that we avoid the perception that certain international institutions are used to advance the interests of certain member states to the disadvantage of others," he urged. According to the President, the operations of institutions such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) should at all times be guided by fairness and objective assessment to ensure justice.

"We should avoid the temptation of subjecting this institution to self-serving political considerations and influences," he said.

In addition, Pohamba encouraged the Security Council to always coordinate with regional organisations in the fulfilment of its mandate, including conflict prevention, peacekeeping, conflict resolution and sustainable peace building.

"The only way this noble goal can be achieved is when all member states of the UN refrain from the threat or use of force in any manner that is inconsistent with the purposes and principles of justice and international law, the right to self-determination, non-interference in the internal affairs of states, respect for human rights and respect for equal rights of all without distinction to race, language, religion, cultural or social character," he emphasised.

Pohamba said in keeping with its commitment to the rule of law and multilateralism, Namibia has acceded to the relevant international treaties and conventions, which promote the rule of law.

Namibia joined sub-regional, regional and international organisations such as the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU) and the UN in order to help foster a system of international governance based on respect for the sovereign equality of states, territorial integrity and other principles related to the peaceful co-existence among states, based on the purposes and ideals of the UN Charter, according to the President.

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