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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

Kenyans win important African Votes as Campaign
intensifies for United Nations Security Council seat

by Naftali Mwaura NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya on Wednesday beat Djibouti to secure the African bloc vote that is expected to revitalize campaigns for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council.

A statement from the ministry of foreign affairs said Nairobi obtained 37 votes against Djibouti’s 13 during an election held by the African Union Permanent Representatives Committee (AU PRC) in the Ethiopian Capital, Addis Ababa.

"I wish to thank the AU PRC members for this determination.

"This endorsement is an affirmation that Kenya has remained true to the decisions and aspirations of the African Union and confirms that it is a safe and dependable pair of hands," said Monica Juma, cabinet secretary in the ministry of foreign affairs.

She said that Kenya will be committed to the pursuit of pan African interests and aspirations once it secures a seat at the premier UN organ during elections that will be held in June 2020.

"Kenya commits to the African brothers and sisters that we shall be a bold voice for Africa and shall steadfastly promote and defend the African positions," said Juma.

The African Union will soon present Kenya to the UN Security Council to participate in elections that could pave way for the East African nation to serve in the non-permanent seat from 2021 to 2022.

Kenya is expected to join Niger and Tunisia that were elected in June to seat at the UN’s top decision making organ on peace and security.

"Given Kenya’s Foreign Policy which is strongly afro-centric, the elections to the UNSC will give the country the opportunity to build consensus across regional and global matters that affect Africa," said the ministry of foreign affairs.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has since last year engaged in shuttle diplomacy to lobby for support for Kenya’s bid to secure a seat at the UN Security Council.

The Kenyan leader has in the last couple of months met dozens of foreign heads of state and government to request support as Nairobi eyes a seat at the apex UN organ that is expected to boost its credentials as a regional diplomatic hub.
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UPDATE:

President Uhuru Kenyatta welcomes African Union
endorsement of Kenya U.N. Security Council bid

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday welcomed the African Union’s endorsement of the country’s bid for a UN Security Council seat.

In a statement issued in Nairobi hours after the pan African body endorsed Nairobi for the key seat, Kenyatta called on the rest of the United Nations member states to support the country’s candidature.

Kenya won the eastern Africa region spot after garnering 37 votes against Djibouti’s 13 during an election held by the African Union Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

"I am grateful to the African Union’s PRC for the confidence they have shown by endorsing our candidature for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) non-permanent seat," Kenyatta said.

He said the backing by the African Union is a mark of confidence in Kenya’s capability to represent the continent’s interests at the global arena.

Kenyatta expressed confidence that with the support of the continental body, the country is better placed to secure the non-permanent seat for the period 2020 to 2021 during the elections scheduled for June next year.

Kenyatta who called on the rest of the UN member states to back Kenya during the June 2020 elections, said the country’s bid is informed by the critical role the UN Security Council plays in the maintenance of international peace and security.

The east African nation has lately intensified shuttle diplomacy to win backing for the non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council amid competition from Djibouti.

Kenyatta has met dozens of foreign heads of state and government to lobby for their support towards Kenya’s bid at the apex UN organ charged with maintaining international peace and security.

Nairobi has previously been a non-permanent member of the council twice in 1973-1974 and 1997-1998.

 

             

 

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