East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, 29th September, 2016:
The United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON) will work closely with the
East African Community to promote peace and security within the East
The Director General of the UNON, H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde, said that the
UN was keen on collaborating with the EAC and other Regional Economic
Communities (RECs) in conflict prevention and conflict management.
Ms. Zewde said the UN’s priority was preventive diplomacy in
preventing conflicts, adding that it would cooperate with the EAC
addressing the conflict in South Sudan, radical extremism in East
Africa and supporting Burundi peace process.
Ms. Zewde said the UN mission in Burundi had been through several
stages including peacekeeping and a political mission. The UN official
emphasized the importance of homegrown solutions and mediation in
addressing national conflicts, adding that electoral disputes were the
cause of political instability in Africa.
Ms. Zewde was speaking when she paid a courtesy call on the EAC
Secretary General, Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko, at the EAC Headquarters in
In his remarks, Amb. Mfumukeko briefed the Director General on the
progress of the Inter-Burundi Dialogue and the efforts being made by
the EAC Secretariat to facilitate the peace talks.
On the entry of the Republic of South Sudan into the Community, the SG
said that the EAC Secretariat was working on a roadmap to integrate
the world’s youngest country into the EAC.
The two leaders agreed on the development on a joint EAC-UN Framework
on Collaboration in various sectors under which the EAC would identify
priorities it would like to be addressed in cooperation with the UN.