UNSC, Turkey, South Africa Laud Ethio-Eritrea Peace Accord

Addis Ababa  July 11/2018 The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has described the Joint Declaration, signed by the leaders of Eritrea and Ethiopia, as “a historic and significant” move with “far-reaching consequences” for the whole Horn of Africa and beyond.

The Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship signed by Premier Abiy Ahmed and President Isaias Afewerki opens a “new chapter of cooperation and partnership,” said the statement issued on behalf of the 15 Council members.

The Council “recognized the call in the Joint Declaration for solidarity and support, and encouraged all actors to offer their support to the peace process”, said the statement, adding that members “stand ready to support Eritrea and Ethiopia in their implementation of the Joint Declaration.”

The UN is ready to do whatever the two parties ask us to do, UN chief António Guterres said on Monday and Council members also took note of the Secretary-General’s offer to support the process.

“The UN is ready to do whatever the two parties ask us to do…The UN will be entirely at their disposal to do whatever is necessary to facilitate the success of what needs to be done,” added the Secretary-General.

Similarly, Turkey welcomed the move taken by Ethiopia and Eritrea to normalize their relationship.

 The historical joint declaration inked between the two countries’ leaders in Asmara two days ago, would play an important role for the development and prosperity of both countries, Turkish Foreign Minister disclosed.

Moreover, the peaceful relationship between the two countries would create a favorable environment for “peace, stability and comprehensive cooperation in the horn of Africa region”, the Foreign Minister added.

In related news, African National Congress (ANC) has commended and congratulated Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki on the successful conclusion of the Asmara Summit’s watershed “Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship between Eritrea and Ethiopia.”

In a statement late on Tuesday, the ANC said it concurs with the Asmara Joint Declaration that over the past 20 years some forces have denied the opportunity to build a bright future based on common heritage for their peoples of Eritrea and Ethiopia.

“We stand ready to assist our sister countries in making up for lost opportunities and creating an even bigger golden opportunities, including,” said the statement issued by ANC national spokesperson, Pule Mabe.

“We note the positive implications of this emerging regional Ethiopian-Eritrea partnership will have, in advancing the challenging road ahead to regional peace, development, and cooperation, most notably in South Sudan, Sudan and Somalia,” he adedd.

South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has also welcomed the resumption of diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Ramaphosa lauded this as a positive outcome following developments in the relations between the two countries.