UN seat 'a vote of confidence'

2010-10-13 13:24

Johannesburg – The ANC on Wednesday congratulated the Department of International Relations and Co-operation for ensuring South Africa's re-election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2011-2012.

"The re-election of South Africa to the UN's most powerful seat signals a global vote of confidence in the role the country continues to play in international diplomacy, particularly in championing the African Renaissance in such areas as peace-keeping, security, human rights and economic development," ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said.

Mthembu said the ruling party reaffirmed International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane's commitment to put the advancement of international peace, security and international law high on the agenda, during its tenure in the council.

He described the department's success in securing the position as a "sterling job".

South Africa together with India, Germany, Portugal and Colombia won seats on the UN Security Council on Tuesday.