Posted by: APO | 29 August 2007

ASSIST THE AFRICAN UNION IN THE SOMALI PEACE PROCESS


PRESS RELEASE N0. 60/2007

CHINA DONATES THE SUM OF US $300.000 TO ASSIST THE AFRICAN UNION IN THE SOMALI PEACE PROCESS

Addis Ababa 28 August 2007 – The Ambassador of China to Addis Ababa, H.E. Ambassador Lin Lin, yesterday handed over to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Alpha Oumar Konare, a cheque worth three hundred thousand American dollars (US $ 300.000) aimed at assisting the African Union in the ongoing peace keeping operations in Somalia.

The handing over signing ceremony took place at the Headquarters of the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

During the ceremony, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Professor Alpha Oumar Konare, thanked the Chinese government for supporting the peacekeeping mission in Somalia. He also commended China for its support in Darfur and other areas of conflict in Africa. He said, such assistance from the international community was very welcomed, as it would help the African Union deploy the much-needed military force in Somalia, which would contribute to the stabilisation of the situation there.

Professor Konare informed the Chinese Ambassador of the African Union’s determination to support the ongoing internal dialogue in Somalia, which is why the African Union has been represented in the peace process as a witness, in the talks in Mogadishu. He indicated that the Commission would take necessary actions to reinforce the outcome of the dialogue and speed up the follow-up process.

In his response, Ambassador Lin Lin said his government had been watching the latest developments in Somalia very closely and was interested in the internal dialogue in the country. He said the donation was just a token as the Chinese government intended to continue to support the African Union’s efforts to bring peace to Somalia and other areas of conflict in Africa.

Ambassador Lin Lin reiterated the need for the International Community to work hand in hand and be supportive of the African Union’ s efforts to restore peace in the conflict areas within the African Continent. ” China believes that through the African Union peace can be restored in Somalia”, he noted.


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