Africa Deserves 'More Equitable Partnership' With World, Senegal President Tells UN Debate
25 September 2012, UN News Service
Only through more equitable partnerships
with the global community can African nations achieve full development and
consolidate democracy, Senegal's President, Macky Sall, told the United Nations
General Assembly's high-level debate today, while also addressing the
precarious state of peace and security in West Africa.
"We need to redefine our priorities,
invest in the real economy and agree on a new fairer world order,"
President Sall said in his address to the General Debate of the Assembly's 67th
session, taking place at UN Headquarters in New York.
"We call for another vision of
relations with Africa, a vision where it will not be about the treatment of
Africa and the Africans, but dealing with Africa and the Africans in a
concerted and more equitable partnership, taking into account the priorities
and the interests of everyone," he added.
President Sall emphasized that the African
Continent, which had already endured centuries of slavery and exploitation,
could not afford "to act again as Trojan horse and give over its resources
in a competition that would push it further to the margins of progress and
Echoing other leaders who had addressed the
General Debate earlier on Tuesday, the Senegalese President called for greater
representation by African nations in the Security Council, noting that the
African continent counted the largest number of countries at the UN and that it
was "a matter of justice and common sense."
Turning to regional peace and security
issues, President Sall urged the Security Council to adopt a greater roll in
resolving the vacuum of power in northern Mali where, he said, "organized
and heavily armed terrorist groups, living off all sorts of trafficking, have
been occupying in complete illegality two thirds of the country, sowing despair
among the population and destroying symbols of World Cultural Heritage."
"Northern Mali has become a lawless
area, used as a safe haven for recruitment and With Worldtraining by the
international terrorist nebula," President Sall warned, adding that the
Security Council has "the obligation to act in order to bring an end to
such a situation."
Fighting between Government forces and
Tuareg rebels broke out in northern Mali in January. The instability and
insecurity resulting from the renewed clashes, as well as the proliferation of
armed groups in the region, drought and political instability in the wake of a
military coup d'état in March, have led over 250,000 Malians to flee to
neighbouring countries, with 174,000 Malians estimated to be internally
President Sall also reiterated Senegal's
"firm rejection" of any partition of Mali and hi With Worlds
condemnation of the March 2012 military coup which saw rebel Malian soldiers
take control of the country and announce the dissolution of the Government led
by then-President Amadou Toumani Toure.
Meanwhile, the Senegalese leader reserved
praise for the work done by Guinea-Bissau's Transitional Government as it works
towards national reconciliation and the organization of credible elections
following its unconstitutional change of government earlier this year. He
noted, however, that the country deserved the continued support of the
international community as it was also beset by "faithless and lawless
foreign drug traffickers."
Scores of the world's heads of State and
government and other high-level officials are expected to present their views
and comment on issues of individual national and international relevance at the
Assembly's General Debate, which ends on 1 October.