ADDIS ABABA – Africa’s member countries of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) told that they a responsibility to protest unilateral interference on the internal affairs of sovereign states.
The 8th High-Level Seminar on Peace and Security in Africa was held in Oran, Algeria, under the theme: ‘Assisting African Members of the UN Security Council (A3) in preparing to address peace and security issues on the Continent’.
The meeting brought together Ethiopia, in its capacity as Chair of the PSC for the month of December, Niger and Tunisia, as outgoing A3 Members and Ghana and Gabon, as incoming A3 members, and PSC Members, and partners.
At the meeting on Saturday, Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Ethiopia and Chairperson of the PSC for the Month, spoke on the expectation of Africans from member states representing them in the UNSC.
Demeke commended the efforts of the outgoing A3 members for defending African common positions within the UN Security Council.
Demeke also said member states need to push for the implementation of true multilateralism within the UNSC.
Member states also have the responsibility to protest unilateral measures and undue interferences in the domestic affairs of sovereign states, he added.
A similar stand expressed by China, one of the five permanent members, that said it stands against foreign meddling in Ethiopia’s domestic affairs.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister has also related Ethiopia’s experience as being the subject of various discussions both in the UNSCn and the media which often were founded on unsubstantiated allegations.
Speaking about the current situation in Ethiopia, he said the people and government of Ethiopia are capable of solving the conflict by applying their wisdom and the Pan African spirit of solving African Problems by Africans.
He ensured Ethiopia’s commitment to prioritize PSOs and issues of importance to the Union.
The government of Algeria, the African Union, and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) organized the seminar.