Ethiopia briefs UNSC on Council's mission to Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, September 13, 2017 (FBC) -Presidency of the Security Council and Permanent Representative of Ethiopia, Ambassador Tekeda Alemu yesterday briefed the Security Council on the successful conduct of its mission to the African Union which took place from 05-09 September 2017 in Addis Ababa.

During the delegation’s stay in Addis Ababa, members of the Security Council met and held discussions with the AU PSC for the 11th Joint Annual Consultative meeting which took place on 08 September 2017.

The Consultative meeting was preceded by the informal meeting between the two Councils which took place on 07 September 2017, he said.

Both the informal meeting and the 11th Joint Consultative meeting provided an opportunity for the two Councils to exchange views on matters related to peace and security in Africa, he told members of the Council.

During the informal meeting, the two Councils held discussions on three thematic issues, namely: partnership between the UN and AU, funding for African peace and security activities, and post-conflict peacebuilding.

The informal meeting was found to be very meaningful for both sides as it provided them with an opportunity to hear the views of the other side on some of the issues where there are diverging views such as on the issue of funding of AU peace support operations, he said.

During the 11th Joint Consultative meeting, the two Councils exchanged views covering three country specific and regional issues, namely: the situations in Somalia, South Sudan, and Lake Chad Basin.

The discussion demonstrated that there are many points of convergence between the two Councils especially on most aspects of situations of South Sudan and some of the issues concerning Somalia and Lake Chad Basin.

On South Sudan, both Councils expressed their concern on the continued violence and suffering of the South Sudanese people; urged parties to the conflict to respect the ceasefire and implement the 2015 Agreement;

The Councils also commended the leading role played by IGAD to help stabilize South Sudan and expressed support including for IGAD's latest initiative to revitalize the 2015 Peace Agreement; underlined that there is no military solution to the problems in South Sudan and urged parties to commit to the peaceful dialogue while also calling for urgent deployment of RPF.

On the Lake Chad Basin, the two Councils stressed the need to address the underlying cause of the conflict in the sub-region, including challenges resulting from climate change, underdevelopment and unemployment among others.

The Councils also recognized the regional dimension of the security threats and their cross-cutting nature and called for an integrated approach; commended the crucial role being played by the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and the resulting progress achieved thus far in fighting Boko Haram.

On Somalia, both Councils recognized the key role played by AMISOM in degrading the capability of AL-Shabaab; underlined the importance of supporting the capacity of Somali National Army so that it could take over from AMISOM; called for concerted efforts among the UN, AU and sub-regional countries to help address the fragile situation and bring lasting solution in Somalia.

The meeting that members of the Security Council had with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalgen and senior officials of the African Union Commission, were also extremely useful.

The Premier briefed the Council members on the latest developments on the peace and security issues in the Horn of Africa and exchange of views were held on situations including Somalia and South Sudan.

Posted by Amare Asrat