Veteran politician and diplomat Vernon Mwaanga says it will be a tall order for Zambia to try and help Israel regain its lost African Union observer status.
Dr. Mwaanga says Zambia’s success in helping Israel regain its lost position in the AU will depend on the progress made in achieving peace in the Middle East.
He told Q TV that this is in view of the position held by the African Union endorsing the United Nations (UN) resolution of a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Dr. Mwaanga who served as Foreign Affairs Minister in the second republic notes that the principle of a two state solution has to be adhered to at all cost.
He states that whatever agreement Zambia will reach with Israel during president’s visit should therefore be within the framework of the AU backed UN two state solution on the Israeli- Palestinian conflict.
Dr. Mwaanga, who also served as Zambia’s ambassador to the UN during the first republic, says Zambia should in this case continue working within the framework of the AU as it engages with Israel.
Zambia however does not seem to have a clear position on the Israel/Palestine conflict and many other international disputes like the occupation of Western Sahara by Morocco as it depends on who puts more many on the table.
On Tuesday this week Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked President Lungu to help Israel regain its observer status at the African Union (AU), a position they lost in 2002.