Demeke Holds talks with UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations

ADDIS ABABA – Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Ethiopia, held discussion with Jean-Pierre Lacroix, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations on Monday.

The two sides discussed Ethiopia’s contribution to the UN peacekeeping mission in general and its forces’ participation in stabilizing the Abyei – a disputed region under UN protection since South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011.

In a statement, the ministry of foreign affairs said the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) has been playing a very constructive role in maintaining peace and stability in Abyei despite facing various challenges.

Demeke expressed Ethiopia’s disappointment at the recent letter sent by senator Bob Menedez to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

The letter failed to portray the contribution of Ethiopian peace-keeping forces who are serving to maintain peace and security under the blue helmet, he added.

The minister, however, affirmed Ethiopia’s continued support to the UN, according to the statement issued by Ethiopian foreign ministry.

The under secretary-general Lacroix, for his part, expressed his appreciation for the role of Ethiopia in the UN peacekeeping mission.

He also expressed the interest to extend the longstanding relations between the UN peacekeeping mission with Ethiopia in the future, concludes the statement.


Featured Image: The two officials held the discussion in Addis Ababa on Monday [Photo MoFA]

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