UN Reaffirms Support for Peace Deal Implementation

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations Deputy Chief Amina Mohammed on Tuesday reaffirmed the UN commitment to support the full implementation of the Pretoria Peace Agreement, according to Ethiopia’s ministry of foreign affairs (MoFA).

Amina, who paid a courtesy call on Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen earlier today, said the UN supports the reconstruction and rehabilitation projects to sustain and consolidate the peace, as per MoFA’s statement issued after the meeting.

The two-year-long conflict in northern Ethiopia ended after the federal government and the TPLF signed the peace deal in November.

The UN is encouraged by the progress so far and commended all actors for their contributions which is a beacon of hope for peace in Africa, she noted.

Foreign Minister Demeke, on his part, said the government is committed to peace and underscored the fact that Ethiopia has embarked on a new peace trajectory.

The foreign minister also called upon the international community to scale up its support.

On the same day, the minister also conferred on how to collaborate and coordinate efforts on matters pertaining to transitional justice with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (Unhchr) Volker Turk.

Demeke explained measures undertaken by the Government of Ethiopia to consolidate peace and stability as well as ongoing various efforts to build trust between conflict-affected regions.

He also reaffirmed the Government’s efforts towards ensuring accountability and transitional justice and thus established an Inter-Ministerial Taskforce.

The High Commissioner who expressed his appreciation for the Pretoria peace deal, underscored that his office is ready to work in collaboration with the Government of Ethiopia and will support efforts to sustain peace, MoFA says.