Canada yet to endorse Nigeria’s bid for Security Council seat, says envoy

The Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Chris Cooter, said on Thursday that his country had yet to “declare a position” on Nigeria’s bid for a UN Security Council (UNSC) non-permanent seat in 2014.

Cooter made this known at a media briefing in Abuja on the just-concluded Nigeria-Canada investment conference in Toronto.

The election is scheduled to hold in October in New York.

The envoy said that the Nigeria delegation, led by Vice President Namadi Sambo and the Canadian Government discussed Nigeria’s bid for the UN seat.

“That issue was raised at our meeting in Ottawa, we haven’t declared our position on that yet,’’ he said in response to a question on whether Canada would support Nigeria’s bid for the UNSC seat.

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“But obviously our relationship with Nigeria is growing all the time and I know we will give that a very serious consideration.’’

NAN reports that Nigeria last served in the prestigious UN Security Council from 2010-2011 and is seeking a re-election for another two-terms – 2014-2015.

The country is promoting its contribution to peacekeeping and security in Africa accomplishments as credentials that qualifies it for another term of membership.

For now, Nigeria and Chad are campaigning for the two available African seats at the Council and both countries have already received the endorsement of the African Union.

The forthcoming election is to replace Togo, Morocco, Pakistan, Azerbaijan and Guatemala, whose two-year term at the council expires on Dec. 31. (NAN)

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