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PM Hailemariam Meets UN Security Council Delegation

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PM Hailemariam meets with UNSC delegation

Addis Ababa, September 7, 2017 (FBC) -Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn today met with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) delegation visiting Addis Ababa.

During the meeting, the Prime Minster briefed the Council members on the latest developments in the Horn of Africa, including the situations in South Sudan and Somalia.

The Security Council members had an opportunity to have an in-depth discussion and exchange of views with the Prime Minister on regional and sub-regional peace and security issues of great importance to the work of the UNSC.

The Premier on the occassion underlined the need for financial support to AMISOM and revitalization of South Sudan peace process.

Financing AMISOM has become very difficult, he said, adding that the international community has to play its role in the issue of peace and stability in Somalia, South Sudan and other areas in general as this situation demands cooperation.

The financial contribution has to be sustainable and dependable, he pointed out.

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PM Hailemariam stated that the issue of conflicts in the region need not necessarily be left to Africa. UNSC has also a responsibility as it is a global body that can contribute a lot in this regard.

The Premier noted IGAD is working on the reviving the South Sudan peace process.

Hailemariam stressed that negotiation is still the priority to end the crisis in the country rather than sanction and other mechanisms.

In separate development, the UNSC delegation met with senior officials of the African Union Commission (AUC) on means and ways of strengthening the evolving partnership between the UN and AU.

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Ambassador Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, briefed UNSC members on the status of implementation of the African Union compliance, governance and accountability framework on AU Peace Fund.

Members of the UNSC arrived in Addis Ababa yesterday to participate at the 11th Annual Joint Consultative Meeting of the UNSC and the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC).

The annual meeting, to be kicked off tomorrow at the AU Headquarters, is aimed at exchanging views on peace and security issues in Africa, specifically, on conflict and crisis situations in Somalia, South Sudan and Lake Chad basin region.

Ethiopia will Co-chair this meeting together with the current chairperson of the AUPSC.

Posted by Amare Asrat

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