27 January 2014

Angola: Nation Seeks to Take Up UN Security Council Non Permanent Seat

The Angolan ambassador to Ethiopia , Arcanjo Maria do Nascimento, said last Sunday in Addis Ababa that the candidacy of Angola to occupy a non permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council, a position Angola took up between 2003 and 2004, has no rival in the African continent.

According to the diplomat, who gave na interview to Angolan journalists, in the eve of the 24th Session of the Executive Council of the African Union, scheduled to start this Monday, Angola has no adversaries, because the UN Security Council seat Angola is bidding for did not raise the interest of another country.

The diplomat stressed that he hopes that during the summit there will be an endorsement of Angola's bid.

Besides the work it is doing in the continental annals, informed the source, Angola continues to carry out its candidacy campaign, because it will need two thirds of the votes of the UN General Assembly to secure the election.

"We believe the campaign is on the right track, we have a strong support at the level of the African states, but it is also necessary to gain the support of other groups", he concluded.

Angola was elected for the first time member of the UN Security Council on 27 September of 2002 and it fulfilled its mandate from 2003 to 2004.

Meanwhile, the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union is scheduled for this January 30-31.

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