South Africa remains deeply concerned about the emergence of unilateralism and its attendant threat to the international rules-based system, the Presidency said on Friday.
“South Africa therefore reaffirms the centrality of the United Nations Charter and the primacy of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on issues of international peace and security,” the Presidency said.
The Presidency issued the statement after Kenya, India, Ireland, Mexico and Norway were elected as non-permanent members of the UNSC for the term 2021 to 2022.
The elections took place on June 17-18 in the UN General Assembly in New York. The elected members will replace the outgoing members South Africa, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, Belgium and Germany on January 1, 2021.
“As South Africa’s two-year term will come to an end on December 31, 2020, we will continue to work closely with the existing and newly elected members of the Security Council, in ensuring collective multilateral action to maintain international peace and security,” presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko said.
South Africa assures the elected members of its support in resolving regional and global conflicts, addressing the root causes of conflict and promoting inclusive political dialogue and peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with the United Nations Charter and International Law, Diko said.