India, Africa must be on UN Security Council: Rwanda

January 19th, 2009 - 6:02 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) Paul Kagame, president of the Republic of Rwanda, Monday said it is “absurd” India and Africa do not have any say in the expanded United Nations Security Council (UNSC), adding that the two regions ought to have permanent seats in the council. β€œIt is absurd that with a combined population of about two billion people, neither India nor Africa is represented in the United Nations Security Council,” Kagame said at the India-Africa Business Summit here.

“This is a struggle that both India and Africa have to carry out to fight for their rights,” he said while talking about the campaign process to get a permanent seat in an expanded UNSC.

He admitted that the process to reach consensus on UNSC was “not as easy as it looks”.

“The stumbling block is caused by the fact that there are people used to making decisions in their interests and they forget that other people have their own interests,” Kagame said.

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