Harare – Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe said Saturday that the African continent was planning to pull out of the United Nations if its demand for reform is not met.
This comes as the continent intensifies its push to get two permanent seats in the United Nations Security Council, reports Zimbabwean newspaper Sunday Mail.
Mr Mugabe reportedly said Africa will form a splinter group with countries such as Russia, China and India if the U.N. Security Council did not include members of his continent next year.
Upon arrival in Harare from New York and this year’s U.N. General Assembly late Saturday, the 92-year-old Zimbabwean leader told ZANU-PF supporters that the African Union wanted to be on the Security Council if veto powers of the five permanent members — China, France, the United Kingdom, the U.S., and Russia — were not removed, VOA reported.
“It is not all permanent members being tough. It is Britain, France and [the United States of] America,” he said. “If they remain adamant, they must not cry foul when we agree to form our own organization with countries like China, India and other Asian countries. This is what we want to do next year in September, when we have made a commitment.”