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28 Jun 2018 description

SG/SM/19117

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General welcomes the visit to Ethiopia on 26 June by a high‑level delegation from Eritrea as a first concrete step in the process of normalizing relations between the two countries. The Secretary-General notes that diplomatic overtures to ease tensions and resolve the longstanding dispute between the two countries will have a far-reaching positive impact on the whole region.

25 Jun 2018 description

SG/SM/19100
23 JUNE 2018

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General learned with grave concern the news of an explosion on Saturday at a rally attended by Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

The Secretary-General condemns this act of violence. He conveys his condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.

The Secretary-General expresses his solidarity with the Government and people of Ethiopia.

21 Jun 2018 description

The Secretary-General welcomes the positive steps taken recently by Ethiopia and Eritrea to resolve the outstanding issues regarding the normalization of relations between the two countries.

The Secretary-General commends the efforts of the leaders of both countries to achieve sustainable peace and good neighborly relations which, in turn, will have positive repercussions in the entire Horn of Africa region.

04 Apr 2018 description

SG/A/1798-BIO/5078-PKO/716
4 APRIL 2018

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Major General Gebre Adhana Woldezgu of Ethiopia as his new Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).

Major General Woldezgu succeeds Major General Tesfay Gidey Hailemichael of Ethiopia who will complete his assignment on 23 April 2018. The Secretary-General is grateful for his tireless dedication and invaluable service and effective leadership of UNISFA.

23 Feb 2018 description

SG/SM/18908
23 FEBRUARY 2018

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary‑General António Guterres:

The United Nations takes note of the recent decision by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, to resign, to “allow further political reforms to take place in the country aimed at widening democratic space”. The Government of Ethiopia has expressed the intention to continue with implementation of governance reforms and increase participation in the political process.

31 Jan 2018 description

SG/T/3201
31 JANUARY 2018

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres departed New York on Thursday, 25 January, for Ethiopia. During an hour-long layover in Lomé, Togo, he had a courtesy call with President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé at the airport. The Secretary-General arrived in Addis Ababa late on Friday, 26 January.

On Saturday, 27 January, the Secretary-General began the day with a bilateral meeting with the Chairman of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat.

30 Jan 2017 description

Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
All protocol observed.

It is to me an honour and a pleasure to be here today in this High-level event on the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia.

This High-level event must express our total solidarity with the Ethiopian people and the Ethiopian Government at the present moment.

And let’s be clear: that solidarity is not a matter of generosity. It is a matter of justice and of self-interest.

15 Jun 2016 description

SG/SM/17856-AFR/3397

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by reports of fighting on 12 and 13 June on the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

01 Feb 2016 description

Ogolcho, Ethiopia, 31 January 2016

I’m very moved to be in this Oromia region with the Deputy Prime Minister. I am here with the Executive Director of the World Food Programme. Thank you very much for your warm welcome.

10 Jun 2005 description

SG/SM/9924, AFR/1189

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General has spoken several times in the last few days to both Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and the Opposition leaders in Ethiopia. He has urged a peaceful resolution of the situation, and called for respect for the electoral outcome. He continues to monitor the situation closely.

08 Jun 2005 description

SG/SM/9918, AFR/1187

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General condemns the violence in Addis Ababa that resulted in the shooting and reported killing of a number of demonstrators by security forces.

18 Jun 2003 description

In response to the severe drought which has devastated large parts of both Ethiopia and Eritrea, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has announced the appointment of former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari as his Special Envoy for the Humanitarian Crisis in the Horn of Africa.