HARARE, (Xinhua) --
African Union chairperson and Zimbabwean
president Robert Mugabe says Africa must finalize its position
on United Nations reforms at the forthcoming 26 th African Union
(AU) general assembly to be held later this week, state media
Mugabe discussed the
issue with visiting Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang
Nguema in Harare over the weekend.
"So, on the eve of
the meeting of the African Union, we saw it fit to discuss what
our positions would be in regards to various matters: The matter
of the reform of the Security Council and what our position as
Africa should be," Mugabe said.
He was quoted by the
state Herald newspaper as saying that there were on-going
consultations to ensure consensus reforms to the United Nations
Security Council (UNSC), the world body's most powerful arm.
Africa is demanding
at most two permanent seats on the UNSC which is currently made
up of five permanent members namely United States, Britain,
France, Russia and China.
Mugabe said he would
together with Nguema rally other African leaders to support the
position at the upcoming AU summit in Ethiopia.
Mugabe, who turns 92
next month, has been one of the most vocal leaders on the
African continent calling for the reform of the UN.
He has been
persistent in his call for the UN reforms arguing that Africa's
voice need to be heard in the world body.
voice in the UNSC is represented by China which is also a
Mugabe's tenure as
chair of the continental body will end this week when he hands
over the rotating chair to Chad President Idriss Deby Itno.