Ethiopia to bid for UNSC membership

By Yonas Abiye

The Ethiopian government has shown an interest in becoming a non-permanent member of the influential United Nations Security Council (UNSC), which is going to be voted by the UN General assembly.

The UNSC has fifteen members consisting of the five permanent members a.k.a. the Big Five – the United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom – with veto power and 10 non-permanent members, which are elected every two years.

A senior government official, who request anonymity, told The Reporter that Ethiopia has already shown its interest to join the non-permanent group for the third

time in its history. But the official declined to give details on the country’s progress so far.

“We have already shown the interest to join the group. But it will be seen in the future,” the source told The Reporter.

Ethiopia has been a member on two occasion in 1967/1968 and 1989/1990.

Ethiopia is one of the only two African founding members of the United Nations Organization set up following the end of the Second World War; the other being Liberia. And ever since the creation of the UN, Ethiopia has been committed to the organization. The principle of collective security at the heart of the UN charter has particular significance for Ethiopia as this was seen as an improvement on the failed attempts of the League of Nations to bring world peace.

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