Dr. Tedros meets UN Under-Secretary Valerie Amos

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Addis Ababa, 2 February  2014 (WIC) - Foreign Minister, Dr. Tedros Adhanom met with Valerie Amos, Emergency Relief Coordinator and UN Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs on Thursday.

Discussions focused on the current humanitarian situation in South Sudan as Ms. Amos expressed her concerns over the growing humanitarian crisis in that country.

She said nearly 750,000 were now Internally Displaced Persons people of whom 75,000 are being sheltered in UN premises.

She briefed Dr. Tedros on her visit to Juba and Malakal last week, noting that the IDPs were fearful of returning in case of attack.

She said she held talks with President Salva Kiir and underlined the importance of the Commission of Enquiry due to be established following the decision of the AU Peace and Security Council to investigate extrajudicial killings, rape, and other atrocities.

Dr. Tedros said Ethiopia shared her concerns over the humanitarian issue, noting that there was a steady influx of refugees into Ethiopia at Akobo in Gambella Regional State.

He stressed it was imperative to support civilians specially the more vulnerable women and children.

He said the only solution was to address the root cause of the problem and focus on political dialogue.

He affirmed Ethiopia's commitment to support the restoration of peace and stability and humanitarian efforts in South Sudan.

He welcomed the Agreements on Cessation of Hostilities and the Question of Detainees is positive steps, but underlined the importance of the support of the international community to IGAD mediation efforts.

He noted the commitment from both sides to resume talks on February 7, and said the deployment of the Monitoring and Verification Mechanism would soon take place.

Both welcomed the release of seven detainees as a measure to boost confidence and agreed the imperative of expediting the release of the other detainees.

On Somalia, UN Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs, expressed concern over Al-Shabaab’s targeting of UN operations while pointing out that this would not prevent the UN form continuing to support Somalia’s peace building efforts.

Dr. Tedros said changes in Somalia were encouraging, noting the successful implementation of the agreement between the Juba Administration and the Federal Government which could serve as a model to resolve issues of regional and federal administration in Somalia.

He noted President Mahmud had established inter-ministerial committee to follow-up the political process between the regions and the federal government and added that it was imperative for the UN to continue to support Somalia.

According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he regretted that Eritrea continued to support “spoilers” in Somalia and other areas, and that it remained a negative element for regional peace.