VISIT OF THE UN ASSISTANT SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS, TAYA�-BROOK ZERIHOUN TO IGAD PEACE AND SECURITY DIVISION

The UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Taye-Brook Zerihoun had today met with The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Peace and Security Division Director Amb. Telolde Gebremeskel and the IGAD Executive Secretary’s Peace and Security advisor Col. Gebregziabher Alemseged on12 October 2017 to discuss the prevailing Peace and Security issues in the IGAD region and the cooperation framework between the two organizations.

The UN Assistant Secretary- General for political Affairs has raised with the Peace and Security Director of IGAD, important peace and Security issues concerning the situation in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and also issues pertaining to Eritrea and the gulf areas. He has also raised his concerns on the coordination between UN, AU and IGAD.

Mr. Taye- Brook Zerihun re-assured Ambassador Tewolde that UN supports the actions of IGAD pertaining to the South Sudan Revitalization process. He stressed that IGAD should make sure of the inclusivity of the process. The two had agreed on the need to strengthen the relationship between UN and IGAD and to revise and refocus the framework for cooperation between the two organizations that was signed two years back.

Ambassador Tewolde on his part had stated that IGAD is trying its level best to make sure there will be wider and inclusive consultations on the upcoming High Level Revitalization Forum for South Sudan. He also stated that IGAD closely follows up on all Peace and Security issues in the region and close cooperation among UN, AU and IGAD is very important to tackle the problems of the region effectively.

Source: Inter Governmental Authority on Development