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UN hails African countries for boosting democracy, hosting refugees

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Deputy UN Secretary Gneral Amina J. Mohammed has hailed some African countries for their role in boosting democracy and handling refugees.“I would like to welcome democratic progress in Somalia and The Gambia, where successful elections have been held and transitions made with the support of one another,” Mohammed said when addressing the 29th AU summit which got under way in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Monday.

She also expressed her appreciation to the governments and people of Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and other countries in the continent which have kept their doors open and given shelter to refugees fleeing from conflict.

Their humanity and compassion should be an inspiration to other countries around the world that have not demonstrated the same solidarity and support for the vulnerable, she added.

According to the deputy secretary general, the UN has continued to support the AU initiative to Silence the Guns by 2020, including by strengthening support for the African Peace and Security Architecture.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has reinforced his calls for predictable, reliable and sustainable financing for the AU peace operations, and is working with the AU to present a set of concrete proposals to the UN Security Council, she added.

The UN will continue to support African integration, including efforts to establish the continental free trade area, Mohammed declared.

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