You are here: Home » International » News » Others
Why CDC isn't able to find an answer to 400-500 daily Covid deaths in US?
Business Standard

African leader warns of rising pressure to choose sides over war in Ukraine

African Union chairperson Macky Sall said that Africa does not want to be the breeding ground of a new Cold War, alluding to the pressure mounting to choose sides over the war in Ukraine

Topics
Africa | Russia Ukraine Conflict | Ukraine

AP  |  United Nations 



Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

African Union chairperson Macky Sall said Tuesday that does not want to be the breeding ground of a new Cold War, alluding to the pressure mounting on the continent's leaders to choose sides over the war in .

Many African countries depend heavily on grain imports from Russia and . Amid market shortages, Russia's foreign minister has sought to portray the West as the villain, blaming it for rising food prices. Western leaders, meanwhile, have accused the Kremlin of cynically using food as a weapon and waging an imperial-style war of conquest.

So far has stayed somewhat neutral on Ukraine: Some 25 countries either voted to abstain or did not vote at all on the UN resolution that condemned the war in earlier this year.

I have come to say that has suffered enough of the burden of history; that it does not want to be the breeding ground of a new Cold War, but rather a pole of stability and opportunity open to all its partners, on a mutually beneficial basis," Sall told the General Assembly on Tuesday.

We call for a de-escalation and a cessation of hostilities in Ukraine as well as for a negotiated solution to avoid the catastrophic risk of a potentially global conflict, he said.

Some observers have called the efforts by Russia and the United States the strongest lobbying campaigns since the Cold War, when the continent was wracked by proxy wars as the US and Soviet Union vied for influence.

The Soviet Union backed many African movements fighting to end colonial rule, and Russia's foreign minister has voiced support for reform of the UN Security Council to give African countries permanent seats and greater influence.

Among those staying neutral is continental heavyweight South Africa. Relations minister Naledi Pandor has said that finding an endgame to the Ukraine war will be South Africa's focus when it participates in the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly next week.

We would want a process of diplomacy to be initiated between the two parties and we believe the UN must lead, the UN secretary-general in particular, Pandor said.

Sall emphasised Tuesday that Africa is a continent determined to work with all of its partners" to address the continent's needs. More than 600 million Africans still lack access to electricity on a continent of 1.4 billion people, he said. The continent was hard-hit by the global economic downturn amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a time when remittances stopped flowing and tourism halted.

Given that Africa pollutes the least and lags furthest behind in the industrialization process, it should be allowed to exploit its oil and gas resources, Sall told the General Assembly.

And Western countries should provide funding so that Africa can transition to cleaner sources of energy, but he said that it should not be considered aid. Instead it should be given in global solidarity "in return for efforts made by developing countries to avoid the polluting patterns that have plunged the planet into the current climate emergency", Sall said.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.


We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Wed, September 21 2022. 07:22 IST

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU
.