By SisaySahlu

Ethiopia will end its third stint as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council next week, “on a high note”, said Ministry of foreign affairs (MoFA).

The east African nation began its two year term two years ago, and will transfer its seat at United Nation Security Council to South Africa as of January 1, 2019.

Meles Alem, spokesperson of the Ministry, told reporters that his country has been playing “a very crucial role” in the Security Council as well as a major voice to “Africa and African interests” over the past two years.

“We also tried to be the voice of reason, calling for unity and consensus in responding to some of the most difficult and complex peace and security challenges of our time,” he said.

 “It has been a very fruitful period,” he continued. “The country has successfully represented the continent and Africans are proud of us for this.” 

Meles said Ethiopia has been “an advocator of global peace”, while supporting various peacekeeping missions of the UN in Africa and across the world.

The country is currently the biggest troops contributing nation in the world with over 12,800 peace keeping forces.

“We also used our stint at member of the UNSC to build the national image and to receive its acceptance more in the international arena,” said Meles.

Apart from the latest one, Ethiopia served as member of non-permanent member of united nation security council from 1974 to 1975 and 1997 to 1998.