From: “ZANIS News” <[email protected]>
Date: May 26, 2013, 6:33:08 EDT
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Subject: ZANIS COPY–Sata confers with Ban Ki Moon
Sata confers with Ban Ki Moon
Addis Ababa, May 26, 2013, ZANIS–President Michael Sata has held a closed door meeting with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki- Moon in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Both leaders are in Ethiopia to attend the 21st African Union –AU Heads of States and government 21st General Assembly.
ZANIS reports from Addis Ababa that the meeting between President Sata and the UN Secretary General was held this morning in the new African Union Complex.
President Sata was accompanied to the meeting which lasted for about 25 ministers by Foreign Affairs Minister Effron Lungu and other Zambian government officials and attracted a horde of international journalists.
President Sata arrived in Addis Ababa last week on Thursday for the 50th OAU/AU celebrations and the 21st Heads of state and Government Summit.
And briefing the press later on the security crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo where he had travelled to before going to the AU summit , the UN Secretary General called for stronger political will from the AU leaders to help stop the violence in the war ravaged eastern part of Goma.
He said the people of Goma had endured prolonged suffering but that hope was near as he envisaged that joint efforts from regional bodies and the UN could contain persistent war that had contributed to loss of lives and population displacement.
“I have visited Goma, the people there are suffering, they came out in thousands and I could see their suffering, they held white papers asking us, when hope was going to come and when their suffering would end? They have suffered for too long. We need a collective effort backed by strong political will to deal with peace and security in the DRC,” he said.
He said the international community would continue to support Africa’s intervention measures to restore constitutional order in the DRC.