China Supports Ethiopia’s Bid for Non-Permanent Seat at UNSC

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epa02916969 Ethiopian Foreign Minister Hailemariam Desalegn addresses a joint press conference after his meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr (not pictured) in Cairo, Egypt, 14 September 2011. Ethiopian Foreign Minister arrived on an official visit to Egypt on 14 September, days before the planned visit of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who is due to meet with Egyptian officials. According to local media reports, the Nile Basin negotiations and the situation in Libya, Sudan and Somalia will be the main focus of the talks. EPA/MOHAMED OMAR

Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia


China has appreciated Ethiopia’s bid to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
Ethiopia can undertake successful activities if it secures a non-permanent member seat at the UNSC, according Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia, La Yifan.
Ethiopia will be successful if it joins UNSC as a non-permanent member since the country has stepped up its multifaceted development activities that have been acclaimed globally, Ambassador Yifan stated.
He said China encourages Ethiopia’s sustainable economic growth and its commendable peacekeeping mission. He also extended appreciation to Ethiopia’s mediation efforts and promoting peace in neighboring countries.
Ethiopia’s longstanding commitment to deploy a large number of troops for peacekeeping mission and being home to hundreds of thousands of refugees earned the country praise from the Ambassador who referred to Ethiopia as a model to other countries.
Accordingly, Ambassador Yifan expressed his support to Ethiopia’s bid for a non-permanent membership at the UNSC.
Ethiopia has already launched a campaign for a non-permanent membership seat at the Council for the term 2017-2018.
“If elected to the Security Council, Ethiopia will serve all members of the United Nations in discharging the charter-mandated responsibilities bestowed upon it in a true spirit of partnership and transparency”, said Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Tedros Adhanom during the official launching event of the campaign here in Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia was one of the 51 pioneer countries that founded the United Nations in 1945. But the country has only twice serviced on the Security Council, in 1967-1968 and 1989-1990.

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