UN chief welcomes peaceful moves between Ethiopia and Eritrea
On Thursday, Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the positive steps recently taken by Ethiopia and Eritrea in paving the way toward normalized relations between the two countries.
In June, Ethiopia announced its readiness to accept and implement a 2002 border agreement that ended two years of bloody conflict that took thousands of lives. Without a deal, skirmishes continued at the border, with Eritrea reportedly remaining on a war-footing.
The Secretary-General commended the leaders’ efforts of both countries to achieve sustainable peace and good neighborly relations, which, in turn, will have positive repercussions in the entire Horn of Africa region, according to his Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq.
“The Secretary-General stands ready to provide all support that may contribute to advancing and consolidating the process of engagement between Ethiopia and Eritrea.”
UN Myanmar envoy completes first official visit, stresses need to integrate women in seeking solutions
Turning to Asia, on Thursday the new UN Special Envoy on Myanmar wrapped up her first official visit to the country, as hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees continue to shelter in camps in southern Bangladesh.
Among many others, Christine Schraner Burgener met with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the leader of the Burmese military, as well as conflict-affected communities and families in Rakhine state.
In all meetings, she stressed the need for inclusive solutions that integrate the views and important voices of women.
The Special Envoy focused on listening to all sides to better understand their diverse perspectives with a view to building trust and confidence, and establishing positive relations while promoting key UN principles.
Restoring government authority across Central African Republic is ‘key’ to lasting peace, stability and prosperity – UN envoy
While many positive steps have been taken in the Central African Republic (CAR), progress has been too slow and is continually under threat from “those who seek private gains through violence,” the United Nations envoy on the ground told the Security Council on Thursday
Special Representative Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, who also heads the UN Stabilization Mission in the CAR, MINUSCA, said that restoring government authority is “key”, both now and in the long-term.
“The country cannot afford more clashes among armed groups seeking opportunity to pillage and exploit natural resources,” he said.
He said that since February, there had been outbreaks of violence across the country and that armed groups continue to exert a negative influence over vast stretches of territory.
Turning to the dire humanitarian situation, Mr. Onanga-Anyanga said that more than 688,000 people are internally displaced, and another 568,000 are refugees in neighbouring countries.