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SA to Use UNSC Seat to Promote Peace
Source: Bua News
Source Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Nov 19, 2010

Regarding Zimbabwe, Zuma - who is also the Southern African Development Community mediator in that country - said both SADC and the African Union (AU) were attending to the matter.

Although Zimbabwe is not on the UNSC agenda, South Africa's International Relations Ministry is on the record saying it would again vote "no" to UN sanctions against Zimbabwe, should the issue return onto the agenda.

In its first term (2007-08) on the UNSC, South Africa surprised many when it blocked sanctions against Zimbabwe and also voting against resolutions on Myanmar and Iran.

This in turn led to the country being seen by groups like Human Rights Watch as siding with countries that had bad human rights records.

South Africa has indicated that it has learnt a lot after its first tenure as a non-permanent Security Council member. It said it would communicate better this time.

The country has also indicated that it would work tirelessly toward improving the working methods of the UNSC to make it more legitimate, representative and effective, while better synchronizing the work of the AU and UN. – BuaNews



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