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UN chief sees 'wind of hope' in African peace deals, elections

AFP  |  Addis Ababa 

Antonio said Saturday that a slew of peaceful elections and truces in were signs of a "wind of hope" on the continent.

He was speaking on the sidelines of an summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, where heads of state from 55 member nations will meet from Sunday.

"This is a moment in which a wind of hope is blowing across We have seen reconciliation between and Eritrea, we have seen peace agreements... in and CAR (Central African Republic)", said

"We're working together to see if we can move the same direction in We have seen elections in Madagascar, DRC and that people were forecasting will lead to tragedy and violence and in the end took place in a peaceful context," he added.

and last year ended a two-decade long cold war, while is trying to implement the latest in a long line of peace deals to end a bloody five-year conflict.

The this week reached a peace deal between the government and 14 militia groups, boosting hopes of an end of a crisis that has gripped the country since 2012, sparking conflict that left thousands dead and over a million displaced.

"All these circumstances were realized through the combination of efforts of the UN and AU... to make sure guns will be silent from 2020 onwards on the African continent," said

"I believe is becoming an example where it is possible to solve conflicts and prevent conflicts and I hope this wind of hope can be extended to other parts of the world.

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First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 16:50 IST
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