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Silencing Guns in Africa: UN appeals for a global ceasefire

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The United Nations (UN) has strongly supported the flagship initiative of the African Union (AU) on Silencing the Guns in Africa, while appealed for a global ceasefire perfectly in line with the Silencing the Guns initiative.The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres made this appeal at the UN-AU Annual Conference recently, he said UN is exploring ways to further advance the calls for a global ceasefire.

According to him, “We are working closely together, notably in the Central African Republic, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan, and we have seen progress recently in Libya.We are also coordinating preventive diplomatic efforts with ECOWAS and the other Regional Economic Communities in countries holding elections, and exploring further advances in our calls for a global ceasefire”, he said.

He reaffirmed his total commitment to do everything possible in order to obtain from the Security Council an agreement of peace enforcing operations and counter terrorism operations.Which is led by the African Union must have mandates under Chapter 7 and must have simultaneously financing through assessed contributions. “When we see the situation today in the Sahel.

“It is clear that the G5 Sahel would be in a much better situation if it would have a Chapter 7 mandate and assessed contributions allowing it to fight much more effectively.”The terrorist organizations that have started in Mali and then spread to Niger and Burkina Faso and now are starting to threaten even the countries of the African coast. 

He highlighted the importance of a peaceful Ethiopia for the prosperity of its people and the Horn of Africa region.”I reiterated the full support of the United Nations to the African Union initiative and the work of the three Envoys mandated by President Ramaphosa as Chair of the African Union.

“Our immediate priority is the well-being of the people of Tigray and ensuring those in need urgently receive humanitarian assistance, and we are mobilizing the full capacities of the United Nations”, he said.


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