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UN President in Nigeria, says no consensus for permanent seat reform yet.

Nigeria’s hope for a permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council, dims as the President of the UN General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, has said there is no consensus in sight.

She described the process of Security Council Reform as the most complex, divisive and contentious negotiations processes at the UN, in visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

According to her, 25 years after the mandate to negotiate the reform started and 10 years after the inter-governmental negotiations kickstarted, there is no consensus because there are very different views and positions regarding the reform process.

PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES UN PRESIDENT 6. R-L; SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, President Muhammadu Buhari, the United Nation General Assembly President H.E Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, Chief DE Cabinet, Mr. Kwabena Osei-Danquah, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr Edward Kallon and Senior Adviser Mr Alexander Temitope Ajayi during a courtesy visit at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. MAY 7 2019.

India last week stressed Africa’s right to representation among the ranks of the permanent members of the UN Security Council in an effort to bring in a sense of urgency to the long-stalled reform process.

“We must take action so that Africa is given a central and leading role in an internationally formed new order especially in a reformed and expanded Security Council and so that the Council reflects the world of today and not of 1945,” Sanjay Rana, Joint Secretary in the External Affairs Ministry ..
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