ADDIS ABABA – Despite multiple obstacles mostly originating from the colonial era, Africa is on the right road to sustain peace on the continent, according to Russian Ambassador to Ethiopia, AU.
On the occasion of Africa Day, Ambassador of Russia in Ethiopia and Plenipotentiary Representative to the African Union, Ambassador Evengy Terekhin, delivered a congratulatory message from Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Heads of States and Governments of African countries at the 1000th meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council.
The establishment of the Organization of African Unity in Addis Ababa on May 25, 1963, symbolizes the aspiration of African countries to unite and ensure personal and collective rights to independent development, peace, and prosperity, according to a statement sent to The Ethiopian Herald by the Russian Embassy. Ambassador Terekhin praised the work of the African Union (AU), the successor to the Organization of African Unity (OAU), in guaranteeing peace and security, political and socio-economic integration, and defending African countries’ shared stance on the international scene.
According to him, the core reasons of African conflicts are “really diverse,” primarily the effects of the colonial era, which have yet to be addressed and are taking on new forms now. Apart from unethical trade policies, limited access to markets and technologies, one issue is aggressive meddling in state internal affairs.
“Despite the hurdles, Africa is working to its crucial path, guided by the notion of “African solutions-to-African problems,” he said, adding that this endeavor should continue to improve and serve as the foundation for conflict resolution and maintaining the continent’s peace. Ambassador Terekhin stated that fighting new challenges, such as the ones posed by the COVID-19 outbreak and its negative consequences, requires unity. He urges African countries to reject “vaccine nationalism” and to quit politicizing the global fight against the virus.
The relationship between Africa and Russia has long been friendly, based on mutual trust and respect, according to Terekhin, who also stated that as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, Russia contributes to a systematic strengthening of interactions between the UNSC and the AU Peace and Security Council. He stated that Russia wishes to continue working closely with the African Union in order to achieve its noble goal of putting Africa’s arms to rest.