BY GIRMACHEW GASHAW
ADDIS ABABA– The AUC Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat and other high-ranking dignitaries remarked in the 36th Africa Union Assembly praising the Ethiopia’s peace efforts in resolving the two-year conflict in negotiation.
The 36th Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union kicked off yesterday at the AU Headquarters with a theme: “Accelerating the implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area agreement (AfCFTA).”
In his opening remarks, the AUC Chairperson acknowledged the government, especially Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s dedication to ending conflict in North Ethiopia. “Even though Africa has encountered multifaceted problems including unconstitutional overthrow of governments, insurgencies, terrorism and post-election violence, Ethiopia showcased our perseverance to resolve our problems.”
For his part, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutierrez congratulated Premier Abiy for the effort and commitment he has demonstrated to bring peace to Ethiopia. “African leaders should work to ensure peace throughout the continent.” The AU Outgoing Chairperson and Senegalese President Macy Sall said: “We should close the door for conflict and open the door for African solutions. A step taken by Ethiopia in this regard is commendable.”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told the gathering that Ethiopia applied the principle of African solutions to African problems. “Ethiopia’s commitment in resolving its own problems without the interference of third parties is exemplary to other countries.” The Premier also commended the AU’s support for Ethiopia’s peace process.
The AU-brokered Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA) between the government and TPLF is said to demonstrate Africa’s ability to solve internal problems and protect its interest and bring inclusive economic progress.
In addition to a high-level delegation of the AU’s 55 AU Member States, European Council President Charles Michel was in attendance at the Summit.
Ethiopian herald February 19/2023