The Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra affirmed, Thursday in Oran, that Africa “must speak with one voice” in the Security Council, to be able to influence the decisions of this UN body or any other body.
Speaking at the opening of the eighth high-level symposium on peace and security in Africa, the head of Algerian diplomacy said: “We believe that there is a big room for improvement and the achievement of our common goal which consists of giving Africa a one voice capable of influencing decision-making in the UN Security Council.”
Lamamra stressed that this voice must be “strong and decisive,” noting the need for African countries to affirm their adherence to the values and ideals of African unity and “collective action to avoid any factor that might deal a blow the unity of the African Union.”
This symposium, Lamamra says, is “a regular forum for collective reflection, exchange of views and sharing of experiences, lessons learned and good practices in order to enable our representatives in the most powerful organ of the United Nations to demonstrate the true spirit of African unity and African solidarity,” in promoting common African positions on peace and security.
This meeting truly reflects our commitment to redouble our efforts to make Africa’s voice heard at the international level, and to ensure that its efforts are recognized and that its main concerns, strategic interests and reasonable prospects are properly taken into account.