Africa must decide, says UK's Hague

2012-02-14 13:01

Cape Town - African countries must decide who will represent them as a possible permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday.

Speaking at the University of the Western Cape, Hague said Britain supported the reform of the UN Security Council, which reflected the outcome of World War II.

"We think there should be an expanded security council with more permanent members," he said in answer to a question on whether Britain would back South Africa's bid for a permanent seat on the council.

"It is for countries of Africa to determine the nature of that representation. I don't think it is for the rest of the world to determine that."

He said Britain was active in supporting South Africa's efforts in finding a political solution in Zimbabwe.

"We see South Africa and [the Southern African Development Community] as leading the way," he said.

Britain would continue to help Zimbabwe with its £80m development fund.

"We will help in other ways," Hague said.

  • Fred - 2012-02-14 13:37

    Botswana is the obvious choice. It is the oldest democracy on the continent, the strongest human rights track record and the only country that has the experience to vote the right way in crucial incidences.

      Fidel - 2012-02-14 13:43

      Botswana has no political prestige among Africans.

      Anthony - 2012-02-14 18:39

      @Fidel, Sorry, if I may just corrct you: "Botswana has no political presige among extreme radical Africans" So, you are referring to possibly less than 5 procent of Africans!!!!!!

      Fidel - 2012-02-14 18:44

      Botswana is a nobody in African politics, never mind SADEC! Botswana has earned the contempt of Africans by considering to stage AFRICOM, a US military base. Botswana is isolated on the continent, and rightly so.

      Fred - 2012-02-15 06:20

      Fidel, you have a perfect record of being opposite to right. It's amazing, truly. I've yet to come across any of your thoughts that are remotely normal and right.

      tertia888 - 2012-02-15 06:54

      Fidel, the rest of Africa is jealous of anyone or anything that is succesful, that is why Botswana is isolated, perhaps?

      Fred - 2012-02-15 07:02

      Botswana has no political prestige among dictatorial tyrannical regimes like Zimbabwe and Gaddafi's Libya because it takes a strong stand against dictatorships, often alone. Among African regimes, sadly, being disliked is a sign of being right.

      Garth - 2012-02-15 07:12

      The only thing that Botswana is ahead of, is in promoting indolence amongst its population. Ian Khama's regime remains in place by using the wealth of the country to buy votes. The population is heavily divided along language lines and Khama's bribes will not serve as the glue for too much longer. They detested, for the most part, Sir Seretse's English wife and do not trust their mixed-blood offspring, Ian Khama included. They have a terrible human rights record, by the way Fred, and most of the population hates whites and Hereros and Bakgatlas and the Khoisan and . . .. No, Botswana is not the obvious choice.

      Fred - 2012-02-15 07:50

      Garth, that's an extreme and largely inaccurate view

      Fidel - 2012-02-15 09:35

      @teria Really, what is sucessful about Botswana say compared to SA? Have you seen that country's infrastructure. Botswana has a population of 2 million, has never experienced institutional discrimination, has the world's largest diamond reserves. Where has all the money gone?

  • Mfudzi - 2012-02-14 19:42

    fred, you dont seem to be widely read. botswana has a terrible human rights record as cmpared to south africa.they have the death penalty and they kill you before your lawyers lodge an appeal. check their record

      Fred - 2012-02-15 06:23

      It has fallen short in regard to the Busmen, tragically so, although well-meaning, albeit short-sighted. And under Ian Khama it is more of a military state that at any previous time. However, it still is way ahead of every other African country.

      Fidel - 2012-02-15 09:37

      You go to jail in that country for mocking the president. Two South African ladies were arrested in that country in 2009 for mocking Ian Khama, jailed and later released with a warning.

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