Addis Ababa September 06/2017 Members of United Nations Security Council have arrived here today to discuss about issues of peace and security in the continent, with particular reference to South Sudan, Somalia and Chad Basin.
Representatives of the 15 member countries of UN Security Council and head of the African Union Peace and Security Council will hold the two-day consultative meeting tomorrow.
Head of Ethiopian Mission to the UN and Chairperson of the Month, Ambassador Tekeda Alemu told journalist that agreement was reached between AU and UN in April this year to enhance the partnership of the international bodies in various aspects.
This consultative meeting will further strengthen and deepen the cooperation between the two organizations, he added.
Besides deliberating on the above stated issues, this meeting is expected to discuss about the ways to further strengthen financial support to peace keeping operations.
According to Ambassador Tekeda, UN is keen to strengthen its cooperation with the African Union and IGAD in resolving the crisis in South Sudan.
China's Representative, Liu Jieyi stressed that this is a very important trip by the Security Council members to Africa.
He noted that the Security Council deals with many African issues, and peace and development in Africa mean peace and development in the rest world.
“We are extremely grateful for the way African Union and Sub-Regional Organizations in Africa are working together to seek to resolve peace issues problems in Africa and the Security Council has always been working together with the Africa and regional organizations in Africa and individual countries in Africa,” he stated.
In this meeting “we will know more about how the problems can be better resolved from the African perspective and the Security Council has always been supporting Africa in working out African solutions to African problems.”
Representative of Egypt, Mr. Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta on his part said the role of regional organizations is extremely important as they play key role on issues of peace and development.
“I think this kind of cooperation and coordination is important between the UN and Security Council”, he said.
USA Representative, Michele Sison said “we are here to make sure the situation for the people on the ground improves. The UN and the AU are working to move the political process forward and to ensure protection of civilians on the ground and human rights.”
The bottom-line is making sure that the work we do makes life better on the ground, Sison added.
In addition to the five permanent members, China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, and United States of America, the UN Security comprises ten non-permanent members, elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly. These are Bolivia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Senegal, Sweden, Ukraine, and Uruguay