The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi has bemoaned the abuse of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) by the big powers to settle bilateral political scores which have no bearing to international peace and security.
Addressing guests at a brief ceremony to mark the 66th anniversary of the establishment of the UN in Harare this Tuesday evening, Minister Mumbengegwi blasted NATOâ€™s actions in Libya where the big powers turned the UNSC resolution 1973 into what he called an instrument of brutal destruction of lives, property and infrastructure.
The UN anniversary celebration, which was attended by some government ministers whose portfolios are involved in work with the UN agents, diplomats from Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the United States, was suddenly turned into a sombre occasion as Cde Mumbengegwi chronicled some of theÂ gruesome events that have led to the murder of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi through the abuse of the world body.
â€œThe situation in Libya represents another gross abuse of the United Nations Security Council. Resolution 1973 was passed to protect civilians, but in the hands of NATO and the western powers, it was turned into an instrument of destruction of lives, property and infrastructure,â€ Cde Mumbengegwi said.
US Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Charles Ray was also among those who attended the celebrations.
Minister Mumbengegwi said such abuse of the UNSC has led to growing calls by Africa and the rest of the developing world for the need to urgently reform the UN organs especially the Security Council which has been described as unjust and undemocratic.
â€œThere is urgent need to reform the UN Security Council to make it more democratic and accountable to 194 member states who constitute the UN General Assembly. It does not make sense that only nine countries out of the 194 can take a decision that leads to the kind of carnage and destruction that we have witnessed in Libya over the past nine months,â€ added Cde Mumbengegwi.
The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe and other progressive leaders of the third world, every year use the occasion of the UN AnnualÂ General Assembly in New York to make the call, which appears to fall on deaf ears.
Cde Mumbengwegwi cited how the UNSC was abused through the use of dubious methods to secure 9 votes required to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe and how Russia and China used their double veto to invalidate the sanctions.
He also commended the two powers; China and Russia for doing the same in the case of Syria recently.
Cde Mumbengegwi said Zimbabwe deplores the fact that Africa was not allowed to facilitate dialogue among the Libyan parties, adding that unless there is dialogue among the people of that country, there will be no peace and stability in the oil rich African country.