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Zuma calls for better AU, UN ties

2012-01-12 21:34

Johannesburg - The relationship between the United Nations Security Council and African Union should be institutionalised, President Jacob Zuma said in New York on Thursday.

"We therefore believe that we should institutionalise the relationship between the two councils if our common objective of maintaining international peace and security is to be maintained," he said during the Security Council summit debate, according to a copy of his speech.

This was one of four proposals Zuma made on how to strengthen co-operation between the two bodies.

He said aligning policies and mechanisms for conflict prevention, mediation and resolution in Africa was paramount.

His second proposal was that the two bodies should consider developing modalities for co-operation and decision making between the two institutions.

"This will assist in ensuring uniformity, consistency and certainty when the two institutions are pursuing a common objective."

Thirdly, a clear division of labour would be crucial to the success of the partnership between the two organisations.

"This has to take into account the different competencies, capacities and comparative advantages of the two bodies."

Finally, Zuma said, capacity building and sustainable resource allocation remained a fundamental problem.

"This is something that the AU needs to discuss with the UN to explore solutions."

The African continent had in the past decade demonstrated sufficiently the political will and commitment to rid the continent of all conflicts and wars, he said.

Critical to building a stronger relationship between the bodies would be avoiding a situation similar to that which transpired during the conflict in Libya last year.

"The views of the African Union must be listened to if we are to strengthen our relationship and prevent further conflict."

Zuma said the AU's political roadmap, which would have helped resolve the conflict in Libya, was completely ignored in favour of bombing Libya by Nato forces. He said the consequences of actions carried out in Libya in the name of the UN Security Council had spilled over into other countries in the region.

"A problem which was confined to one country, Libya, has now grown to be a regional problem. The lesson we should draw from the Libyan experience is that greater political coherence and a common vision between the AU and the UN are critical in the resolution of African conflicts."

Zuma said the AU was working hard to move the continent onto a sustainable path of socio-economic development and prosperity.

"We pledge to continue our dedication and commitment to human rights, peace, democracy and justice so that the support of countless men and women here at the UN headquarters can prove to have not been in vain."

Comments
  • Max - 2012-01-12 21:39

    The AU is a non-event not even a laughing stock, who in his right mind would want anything to do with the AU, this is typical ANC wishful thinking talk.

      Boer - 2012-01-13 01:53

      Ag ZUMS nobody cares about the AU around the world. You lot have ZERO Clout. KIeep on dreaming ZUMS you corrupt basterd.

      Whitty - 2012-01-28 21:22

      Well frank, frankly speaking Zimbabwe is a success to the Zimbabweans. Did you know that? it doesn't mean that when some of the whites have been chased out of Zimbabwe because of their greed and non cooperation, like some of you are in South Africa then we can conclude that Zimbabwe is a failure. The AU is effective for Africans and African states,look for an example how they criticised NATO for using force against Libya, now what we are seeing irrupting in Libya will be big and AU saw it coming.

      John - 2012-01-28 23:11

      Frank, That is why there are 3,5 Million Zimbabweans in South Africa! Taking political, economical refuge and food survival! That is the mark of SUCCESS in Africa!

      John - 2012-01-28 23:13

      Zuzuma Jesus loves you, Zuzuma, Your mother loves you, Zuzuma, Your father loves, Repent, Manpara, repent, Repent, Ignorant, repent, Repent, Negligent, repent, Repent, Liar, repent, Repent, Thief, repent, Repent, Baby Killer, repent, Repent, Genocider, repent! Okai, stop the bus, how can you say that? Lets have a look: Zuma is Ignorant that the Failed Communist Countries like the USSR, China, Vietnam, Cuba, etc, employed Central Control Economies ( CCE ), with full and total nationalization. Negligent - as the head of an organization, it is his duty to be fully informed of the economic history of total disasters of CCE. He does not know that Gorbachov announced reforms away from nationalization – in the early 1980’s! He is a Liar, because these are not his ideas, these ideas have been around for over 100 years. Thief, he has stolen the PEOPLES money – that is how bribery and corruption works. Baby Killer, as a member of the ANC – Abortion Murder Genocide, is guilty of the Genocide of 800 000 black babies in government hospitals! Genocider, as a member of the ANC – Abortion Murder Genocide, is guilty of the Genocide of 5 Million Aids sufferers which were refused medication. Repent, Manpara, Repent!

  • PeggySven - 2012-01-12 21:46

    If the AU had its way, Gadaffi would still be alive and ruling Libya with an iron fist. The best solution would be for the AU to disband and leave policy to the grown-ups and not foolish and corrupt dictators.

  • Matthew Patrick - 2012-01-12 21:50

    Anyone else notice that Zuma's speeches resemble the ramblings of the pointy-haired boss from Dilbert cartoons? What a load of vague, jargon filled BS!

  • Adam - 2012-01-12 22:03

    UN and AU working together, its like milk and oil, they simply will not mix. Their goals and views are too far apart.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-12 22:05

    AU is simply a taliking shop meanwhile UN serves the interest of West. The West has imperialist tendencies and in Africa is all about corruption, dictatorship, nepotism and self-enrichment. AU must simply disband as it serves the interests of the dictators. UN must play a much more neutral role than it is now but the question is how do ordinary people benefit from the selfish AU?

      Alva - 2012-01-12 22:34

      Well put.

  • Althea Swartz - 2012-01-12 22:19

    How hypocritical! Zuma is calling for the AU and UN to get along, but he can't even subdue the power struggles in his own party which he spearheads!! Now that's a joke...

  • Alva - 2012-01-12 22:32

    The United Nations is exactly that, a union of all nations. Why don't the AU members just join the UN and stop trying to be separatists? Is the AU not part of the rest of the world?

      John - 2012-01-28 23:25

      Velastardust, They are all there in the UN, the nigerian drug dealers use diplomatic pouches to smuggle cocaine. They are all taking whatever bribes and corruption they can get. The AU is a response to the European Union. They are trying to imitate it, and so are the Mercosur, for Latin America, ASEA for the Asian countries; Thabo Genocide Mbeki tried to ride the wave of togetherness of the gangster presidents and prime ministers. He used it to get the World Cup to come to South Africa, with lots of Bribery and Corruption contracts for the ANC big wigs. The AU is also an extention of the KGB anti western strategy, from the days of the Evil Communist Empires. No wonder the chinese communist party finds it so easy to get along with the AU!

  • Howard Butcher - 2012-01-12 22:59

    Please !! Firstly zuma talks of different competencies, simply stated there is no competency in the AU. Secondly he's dissed because his pathetic Gadafi rescue plan to Zimbabwe went wrong and he was ignored. Dude the UN doesn't trust Africa to act responsibly, borne out of such things as Mbek's behaviour with Mugabe and Zim, amongst many others. Further the UN is not about to start listening to you and Africa on this score or any other as long as it's biggest achievement is the vuvusela. So why don't you spend some time sussing the Eskom power shortage issue and the fact that similarly no effort or expenditure has been made on tertiary education, mind boggling given the amount of time you spend telling us all that skills and employment is the solution to our problems. Stop crowding yourself with thieves and liars to protect you and do your damned job. Everyone is getting impatient.

  • Graziella - 2012-01-13 07:35

    Bloody hell - do you people always indulge in this kind of self-flagellation?! It is no wonder that some politicians refer to you lot as western agents and your views regarding this country and continent should be ignored as such. The ANC shouldn't be listening to any of your concerns and treat them as those of western agents.

      John - 2012-01-28 23:34

      Graziella, The ANC and ZUMA use a lot of words since before coming to power and after coming to power. The ANC put out, and still does, a lot of COMMUNIST FALSE propaganda, expressed in ENGLISH. It is therefore correct to hold the ANC and ZUMA accountable to the MEANING of those words in ENGLISH. In case you did not know, Graziella was not at CODESA, it was the ANC, its communist backers from Germany and France, the UK, and the NP. The ANC claimed to the whole world to be able to uphold WESTERN VALUES of Freedom. But they are just another bunch of machine gunners. If you dont know the difference, it is your loss. That is why there are 30 Million Illegal Africans in Europe. They know and live the difference.

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