Photo taken on March 2, 2016 shows the United Nations Security Council approves new resolution on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), at the UN headquarters in New York, the United States. (Xinhua/Li Muzi) (zw)
Photo taken on March 2, 2016 shows the United Nations Security Council approves new resolution on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), at the UN headquarters in New York, the United States. (Xinhua/Li Muzi) (zw)

The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has commended the east African country’s United Nations Security Council (UNSC) presidency for the month of September as successful.

Meles Alem, ministry’s spokesperson, stressed on Thursday that various high-level panels and meetings that were held during Ethiopia’s presidency of the UNSC, such as the high-level open debate, two ministerial level meetings of the UNSC, the 11th joint annual consultation between UNSC and the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC), urgent meetings on North Korea’s nuclear test and Myanmar issues were held under Ethiopia’s presidency, have proved Ethiopia’s presidency successful.

According to the ministry, the decisions taken at the events were vital in taking Ethiopia’s diplomacy into a new height.

Alem told Xinhua prior to Ethiopia’s presidency that the Ethiopian government, during its presidency, opted to focus on resolution of conflicts in Somalia, South Sudan and the Great Lakes region in its presidency of the UN Security Council.

As part of Ethiopia’s plan, the AUPSC and the UNSC had held their joint 11th consultative meeting in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on September 7 to 8, which among other issues focused on peace and security situations in Africa, particularly on the situations in Somalia, South Sudan and the Lake Chad Basin.

Ethiopia’s Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the UN, Ambassador Tekeda Alemu, also told the UNSC summit last month in New York that Ethiopia has worked to strengthen the relations between the African Union and the Security Council.

An Ethiopian delegation led by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn had attended the the 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, in which the high level open debate on the reform of UN peacekeeping was one of Ethiopia’s signature events.

Ethiopia officially commenced its two year tenure in January this year as one of the 10 non-permanent members of the Security Council and took its presidency in a revolving scheme from the North African nation of Egypt, who chaired the council’s activities in August 2017.

As one of the two African founding members of the United Nations Organizations following the end of the Second World War, Ethiopia had been a non-permanent member of the UNSC in two previous occasions, in 1967-1968 and 1989-1990. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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