ADDIS ABABA — THE ETHIOPIAN HERALD Newspaper 14 May 2016: Ethiopia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Tekeda Alemu said that Ethiopia is always committed to the Kigali Principles which gives UN peacekeepers the mandate to use military force against armed groups to protect civilians in danger.
Ethiopia is as well ready to work with other countries in sensitizing other member States to endorse the principles.
Ambassador Tekeda made the remark at the High Level Meeting on ‘The Future of Civilian Protection in Peace Operations: Endorsing and Implementing the Kigali Principles’ which was organized by the Permanent Missions of the Netherlands and Rwanda in collaboration with the Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect held at the UN headquarters here recently.
According to the Ethiopian Mission at UN, the ambassador noted that for Ethiopia subscribing to those principles was not so difficult because it believes they are inextricably linked to the Charter principles; and there is also a moral obligation and they are consistent with the report of the High Level Panel on Peace Operations.
It was learnt that Ethiopia is one of the first countries which has already endorsed the Kigali Principles. So far, 29 countries have subscribed to those principles.
BY FANUEL LAKEW