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UNSC in Addis Ababa: Cardi, global cooperation needed to tackle regional crisis

ADDIS ABABA, SEPTEMBER 7- Global cooperation is needed to tackle regional emergencies more effectively, the Italian Permanent Representative Sebastiano Cardi said on Twitter ahead of tomorrow joint session of the UN Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council. Somalia, South Sudan, and the Lake Chad Basin feature as the main agenda items of the meeting.

Cardi and his colleagues had a series of meetings since landing in Addis Ababa yesterday afternoon. Council members began their visiting mission yesterday (6 September), with briefings by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the AU Haile Menkerios, Special Representative for South Sudan David Shearer, Special Representative for Somalia Michael Keating and Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Nicholas Haysom who gave updates on the latest developments in Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan. In the meeting with Menkerios, members also discussed the AU-UN relationship and gained a better understanding of possible issues that the AU might raise in the upcoming meetings.

The Council delegation held also an informal meeting with the AU Peace and Security Council at the AU headquarters ahead of tomorrow official encounter. The meeting began with statements by Ambassador Mamosadinyana Molefe (Botswana), the Chairperson of the AU Peace and Security Council (AU PSC) this month, and Ambassador Tekeda Alemu of Ethiopia, the President of the Security Council for September.

The first agenda item, the partnership between the Security Council and the AU PSC, was introduced by Egypt and China on behalf of the Security Council with Nigeria responding for the AU PSC. In discussing more concrete actions, according to Security Council Report, the possibility of joint field missions was raised by AU PSC members with a joint mission to South Sudan or the Sahel suggested for 2018.

The second topic of the informal meeting was financing for AU peace and security activities. This, again quoting Security Council Report, proved to be the most controversial aspect of the informal meeting with the US making clear its opposition to financing AU operations, with AMISOM being cited as an exception. This matter is expected to be raised again during the discussion on Somalia and AMISOM in the joint consultative meeting tomorrow. The third topic covered was peacebuilding, and it was the first time peacebuilding has been discussed during these consultative meetings.

In the afternoon, the Security Council delegation met for an hour and a half with Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. The day ended with Council members meeting with AU Commission Deputy Chairperson Quartey Thomas Kwesi (Ghana) and the Commissioners for Peace and Security and Political Affairs on ways to enhance the partnership between the UN and the AU on peace and security matters. (@OnuItalia)

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