May 28, 2022

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Ukraine’s Zelensky renews request to address African Union

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has again asked to approach the African Union (AU), Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairman of the AU Commission, said on Friday.

In a tweet, Mr Faki, he received the President’s request during a phone call from Ukraine’s Foreign Minister.

“I received a call from Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. He renewed a request from President Zelenskyy to address African Union leaders he said.

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The two also discussed President Zelenskyy’s “desire to develop closer ties with the AU”.

However, Mr Faki did not say whether the President’s request would be accepted, but said he was “strong on the need for a peaceful solution to the ongoing war with Russia.

Earlier this month, President Zelensky challenged his Senegalese counterpart and current African Union leader Mac Ky Sall to address African leaders.

Read:Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy calls for addressing African Union

< p>Zele nsky’s renewed plea comes as African countries were at odds over the vote on the UN resolution adopted last month to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The resolution was supported by 141 of the 193 UN member states.

Of the 54 African states, 28 voted in favor of the resolution, while 17 African countries abstained, including Algeria, South Africa and Angola.

Eight African countries including Ethiopia, Cameroon, and Morocco abstained from voting.

Eritrea was the only African country to vote against the UN resolution.

Earlier this month it said South African President Cyril Ramaphosa reported that the conflict in Ukraine has the incompetence t of the United Nations Security Council to fulfill its mandate to maintain world peace and security.

He described the five-member UN Security Council, which includes China, France, Russia, Great Britain and the United States , as “outdated and unrepresentative”, adding that it disadvantaged countries with developing countries.

“The conflict has exposed the failure of the UN Security Council in fulfilling its mission for international peace and security,” said South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, as quoted by AFP.