ADDIS ABABA (HAN) March 19. 2021. Public Diplomacy and Regional Stability Initiatives News. Monitoring Regional Issues. –The Government of Ethiopia has called for the United Nations policy formulation and planning process on peacekeeping missions in Africa to be participatory.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Demeke made the call at the African Union Peace and Security Council meeting (AUPSC) on peacekeeping in Africa.

The Ministerial level meeting was held virtually yesterday under the theme, “Emerging challenges and critical lessons for sustainable peace keeping operations.”

“The process of the United Nations policy formulation and planning, as well as preparation of operational guidelines and training schemes for peacekeeping missions in Africa must be participatory,” he said at the event.

According to Demeke, participatory policy formulation would help the AUPSC and the AU Commission to contribute from their informed perspectives about facts on the ground.

In his remarks, Demeke also stressed the need for stronger coordination amongst African troops contributing countries within the continent, the UN and possible bilateral or regional cooperation mechanisms in the face of challenges.

He further told the participants that ensuring the full, effective and meaningful participation of women in peace operations must be prioritized.

In his remarks, Demeke also underscored the significance of promoting African common position in resolving the challenges faced by peacekeeping missions in the continent.

He appreciated all peacekeepers that are making the ultimate sacrifices to bring peace to the continent and paid tribute and sent sympathies to the families of those gallant service men and women fallen in the line of duty

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