Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, who is the head of Ethiopia delegation, addressed the #UNGA73 on 27 September 2018.
On the onset, the Minister acknowledged the importance of United Nations Organ to address the contemporary challenges our world encountered at this particular time of history that make multilateralism a key instrument to deal with unprecedented circumstances unveiled. He said Ethiopia is the founding members of UN and adhere to its values, principles and mission of collective shared responsibilities. To this end, Ethiopia upholds to the basic tenant of United Nations principles of maintaining international peace and stability and contribute second to none Peace Keeping Missions for this purpose. Therefore, Ethiopia remain committed to this noble endeavor and fully endorse the Secretary General’s Declaration of Peace Keeping initiative and Declaration of shared Commitment to UN peacekeeping, said the Minister.
Apart from this, Six month ago, Ethiopia through peaceful power transfer established a genuine and a reformist change oriented government strived to address citizens expectations, needs and aspiration to democracy, rule of law, political, economic and societal equality and justice to flourish in Ethiopia. In light of this, the government undertook deep and penetrating reform measures to address thrust to democracy, governance and human rights which are championed by forgiveness and reconciliation ideology of Dr. Abiy Ahmed, PM of Ethiopia that helps to strengthen the solidarity and unity of Ethiopia than ever. The Minister underscored that this message is not only confined to Ethiopia but it also expand beyond the border and affected the Horn of Africa peace and stability landscape.
The Minister said, whirlwind of peace blown to Horn Africa in which Ethiopia and Eritrea closed down the war chapter and opened a new era of peace, friendship and cooperation; Trilateral Summit of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia held in Asmara and Eritrea and Djibouti culminated a decade long conflict and South Sudan conflicting parties signed Revitalized Agreement recently to end the protracted civil war which is the show case of Africa solutions for African Problems. To this end, he said in order to advance and deepen the peace dividend and economic cooperation and integration commenced in the region; it is timely and appropriate that the Security Council cautiously consider lifting the sanction on Eritrea.
The Minister emphasized that it is imperative to galvanized regional cooperation and economic integration projects that have bear fruit and advance to silencing the Gun by 2020 and promote deeper regional and continental cooperation in line with 2063 Africa agenda. Finally, the Minister reaffirmed that Ethiopia is and will always remain, firmly committed to exerting every possible effort toward creating peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies in our sub-region and our continent
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