Dr Tedros meets Foreign Minister of Norway

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Addis Ababa, 9 May 2014 (WIC) - Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Børge Brende, have held discussions on regional security issues, focusing on the conflict in South Sudan.

Dr Tedros briefed Foreign Minister Brende on the IGAD-led peace talks mediating the conflict in South Sudan, pointing out that the situation had been more complicated than originally appeared and the two parties had been advised to hold discussions at the SPLM party level, where the problem originated.

Dr. Tedros said the most effective way to implement the Cessation of Hostilities and Humanitarian Corridor Agreements effectively and stop any escalation was to deploy the proposed deterrent force as a matter of urgency.

He urged the United Nations to pass a resolution to provide the necessary mandate for the force. Dr. Tedros expressed Ethiopia's commitment to participate in a mandated force for South Sudan.

Dr. Tedros noted that the leaders of the two parties in the conflict had agreed to meet for face-to-face talks in Addis Ababa on Friday (May 9).

He hoped this would be an indication that it would be possible to capitalize on current positive developments, but, he said, decisiveness was key to progress.

Describing Ethiopia as a very good partner for Norway, the Norwegian Foreign Minister said Norway appreciated Ethiopia's role in the region.

He said Norway would assist IGAD peace efforts and its calls for respect for the Cessation of Hostilities and Humanitarian Corridor Agreements signed by the two parties.

He also announced that Norway, in cooperation with various UN agencies, was organizing an International Donors Conference on South Sudan, to be held on May 20.