The UN Secretary-General chief, Antonio Guterres, who is currently in Ethiopia has called for peace across the African continent.
Antonio Guterres spoke to the media after a meeting with the chairperson of the African Union Commission, following the sixth Africa Union-United Nations (AU-UN) annual conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“Today, we discussed how our organizations are working to ensure peace across the continent; Africa deserves and needs peace,” Guterres said.
He said that what is “dear to his heart” is a vision of peace in Africa.
“We need to make sure that we ensure robust African peace enforcement and counter-terrorist operations, mandated by the UN Security Council under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, and with stable and predictable funding through assessed contributions. Peace is never easy — but peace is always necessary,” he added.
Meanwhile, the UN and AU are also supporting the Nairobi process, led by the East African Community, to bring peace and security to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
President Moussa Faki Mahamat and Guterres Thursday also met briefly for talks with Prime Minister Abiy of Ethiopia.
“We held fruitful discussions on a number of issues, I look forward to our strengthened collaboration,” Abiy said in a brief statement.