UNSC, AUPSC hold 11th Annual Joint Consultative meeting in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, September 8, 2017 (FBC) - The 11th Annual Joint Consultative meeting between the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and  African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) was held at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa today.

The meeting exchanged views on peace and security issues in Africa, specifically, on conflict and crisis situations in Somalia, South Sudan and Lake Chad basin region, said Ambassador Tekeda Alem, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the UN.

He said the meeting helps to discuss ways to resolve the crisis in these countries.

Ambassador Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, for his part said the joint meeting would create a good opportunity to fight against the growing threat of extremism.

Somalia has shown improvement compared to where it was 10 years ago, Ambassador Chergui said, citing the recent election held in that country as a case in point.

However, building strong public institutions and eradicating Al Shabaab from Somalia are our assignments ahead, he added.  

The Somali Nations Security Forces need support to take over the security operation from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the Commissioner indicated.

The meeting also urged South Sudan warring factions to respect the peace agreement signed in 2015 to avoid the suffering of people in the youngest African country.

It also called for more efforts to deter Boko Haram activities at Lake Chad basin region.

Both Councils commended AMISOM for its valuable contributions to stability and appreciated troop and police contributing countries for paying ultimate price for peace

The Councils also agreed on the need for predictable and sustainable funding for AMISOM.

The two Councils held an informal meeting yesterday and discussed partnership, funding for AU led peace support operations and peace-building.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat