The United Nations’ brokered ceasefire in and around Tripoli in Libya is still at place, the Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres said.
Addressing the 32nd AU Heads of State and Government summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Guterres said, “it is time to help unite the Libyan people to advance the political process through a National Conference paving the way for reconciliation and future elections.”
According to the UN Chief, Africa faces three major challenges; peace and security, sustainable development and climate change. On peace and security, strong winds of hope are blowing across the African continent, Guterres said, adding that the African Union’s efforts to “silence the guns” by 2020 are gaining ground while the UN surge in diplomacy for peace is producing results.
The fruits of Africa’s strategic partnerships are making a difference. Ethiopia and Eritrea have signed a historic peace accord. In the Central African Republic, the signing of a peace agreement this week – led by the AU with UN support -- may prove to be an important step on the long path to ending bloodshed. In South Sudan, the agreement – facilitated by IGAD -- between the parties to the conflict has revitalised chances for peace.
The Secretary General welcomed the first peaceful transition of power in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since independence in 1960. “In Mali, presidential elections were successfully organised in line with Mali’s constitutional and legal frameworks,” he added.
In Madagascar, the peaceful presidential elections are testament to the responsibility of national stakeholders and our close cooperation, continued the Secretary General. “in Guinea Bissau, we are working with ECOWAS, the AU and other partners to promote free and fair elections. Parliamentary elections are already scheduled,” he added.