'Russia, China supports ANC bid for seats on UN Security Council'

The UN General Assembly begins on Friday & will discuss reform in the organisation & its security council.

FILE: The council has five permanent members, they are the United States, China, Russia, the United Kingdom and France. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) says it has received support from China and Russia in a bid to get Africa two permanent seats on the United Nation's Security Council, when a debate on reform at the institution takes place.

The UN General Assembly is due to begin on Friday, and will discuss the reform of the organisation, which includes representation on its security council.

The council has five permanent members, they are the United States, China, Russia, the United Kingdom and France.

These countries are able to veto any decision taken at the security council.

The ANC's head of International Relations Obed Bapela said Russia and China supports the representation of Africa, due to its growth and the number of people on the continent.

"The motivation was strong by African leaders that we are a one billion nation now, and we deserve representation in the UN Security Council. But we need to go for the reform of that UN Security Council."