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Eritrea's statement at the UN on strengthening cooperation between UN and regional organizations


STATEMENT
BY
H.E. AMB. GIRMA ASMEROM
PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF ERITREA TO THE UNITED NATIONS
AT
THE UN HIGH-LEVEL THEMATIC DEBATE ON STRENGTHENING
COOPERATION BETWEEN THE UNITED NATIONS AND REGIONAL AND
SUB-REGIONAL ORGANIZATION

New York, 04 May 2015

Mr. President,
Excellencies Heads of States and Government,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

First of all I would like to thank H.E. Yoweri Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, for his presence and elaborate keynote address.

Let me also congratulate the President of the United Nations General Assembly H.E. Sam Kutesa for his timely and noble initiative.

I would also like to thank the Secretary-General H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon for his statement.

Mr. President,

Eritrea strongly believes that regional organizations such as African Union, Arab League, ASEAN, European Union, Organization of American States, CELAC etc. are contributing to peace, development and integration in their respective regions. They are important platforms and the best mechanism for economic cooperation and integration.

Eritrea’s foreign policy is anchored on enhancing and promoting cooperative and peaceful neighborhood. Eritrea has been at the forefront in advancing and advocating the consolidation and revitalization of the African Union and its subsidiary sub-regional organization, the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD).

Mr. President;

While hailing the contribution of regional and sub-regional organization, we should be mindful of principles that are paramount for the success of cooperation between the  United Nations and Regional and Sub regional organization. In this connection, Eritrea would like to stress and underline the following points and principles;

First: the credibility of regional and sub-regional organizations hinges on respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity, political independence and equality of their respective members, as these are the principles and foundations upon which the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations were created.

Second: cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organization must be based on the United Nations Charter. The primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security rests with the UN Security Council and the contribution of regional organization should be in accordance to Chapter VIII of the UN Charter and should not in any way circumvent the role of the United Nations, especially the Security Council.

Third: the principle of subsidiarity and complementarity must be respected and implemented without ifs and buts. In Africa, for instance, sub-regional organization, such as CEN-SAD, ECOWAS, IGAD, SADC etc., are recognized as an important building bloc to African unity. However, such sub-regional organization be it in Africa or any other part of the world must first and foremost aim to harmonize their views at continental level. United Nations engagement with sub-regional organization, therefore, should be through their respective continental organizations.

Fourth: Regional and sub-regional arrangements must be based on principles of inclusive, equitable representation and rotation. Eritrea underlines that no country, big or small, should be allowed under any pretext to hold a chairmanship of a regional or sub-regional organization indefinitely and for a prolonged period. Similarly, regional or sub-regional organization that prevents any country in its respective region from effectively participating on issues that collectively affects the region and is dominated by one country is not only unacceptable but will have a less chance of success in the promotion of regional peace, development and integration. It must be challenged and rejected. Inclusivity and equality of membership as well as clarity of activities must be the prerequisite for the United Nations to determine its cooperation mechanism with the regional and sub-regional organization.

Fifth: while Eritrea wants to clearly state that predictable technical and financial support of the United Nations to regional and sub-regional organizations is essential, it is critical for regional and sub-regional organizations to pool their own resources, in order to secure the ownership their policies and programs.

I thank you Mr. President 
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9 comments:

  1. Nice principles that of Eritrea's.

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  2. ኣሌክ - Alec youMay 7, 2015 at 2:44 AM

    sub-regional organization, such as, such as CEN-SAD, ECOWAS, IGAD, SADC etc., are recognized as an important building bloc to African unity.---

    AND yet they are a bunch of corrupt African leaders that sold their souls for money and Aid-handouts. their entire lives--toiling for another man's benefit and stealing from their own. what a f@cking shame they are--they only serve the Western countries interest. they can't even make Ethiopia to obey by the rule of low, b/c Ethiopia is the favorite boy' of the West. They don't even talk about the west evil deeds towards Africa--There is not one single dissent against the US or no subversion of their evil plans against Africa. b/c the west own their behind. sad really. this people are waste of time--> to Eritrea. but like they say trying is not dangerous. :)

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  3. Good points to embrace all African together!

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  4. YOUR MUSIC WILL NOT GET LISTENERS UNLESS IT STARTS AND ENDS WITH ETHIOPIA.....LIKIFT...LIKIFT..

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  5. NO COUNTRY BIG LIKE ETHIOPIA SHALL MONOPOLIZE IGADS CHAIMANSHIP INDEFINITELY; COUNTRIES SMALL LIKE ERITREA SHOULD BE HEARD ,INCLUSIVE IT SHOULD BE.OTHERWISE IT WILL BE LIKE ETHIOPIAS SSENBETAE. IT SHOULD NOT GET TECHNICAL/ MATERIAL SUPPORT FROM THE UN UNLESS ERITREA AGREES TO IT.GA

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  6. Thanx to Higdefites.eritrea has been isolated and marginalized long time ago.there is no rule of law and the stiuation is getting worse from time to time.so, it is the right to stand against the regime. The only remenants are the toothless dogs remenants of the regime.

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  7. This is basically Eritrea whining at the UN because she walked out of IGAD and now will not be allowed back in. It is the result of the action of an egotistical and immature government that thinks it's a Super Power while the world looks at it as nothing more than a barefooted shoe shiner in tattered filthy clothes. The world will not listen. There are more pressing problems than storking Issayas' and his goons egos.

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  8. You are a dog - a stupid dog.

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  9. ኣሌክ - Alec youMay 7, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    One other person is typing…

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