The United Nations on Wednesday expressed appreciation to Ethiopia for its significant role in maintaining peace and stability in the Horn of Africa nation.
Francois Lounseny Fall, the special representative of the UN secretary-general for Somalia, told journalist that Ethiopia's effort to bring about peace and stability in Somalia is part of its efforts to maintain peace in the region.
Fall is now in Ethiopia to seek more support from Ethiopia for the UN efforts in Somalia
After talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, Fall said the efforts being made by Meles shows his dedication, maturity and strength in his leadership.
He said his visit was intended to exchange views with Meles in this regard and further enhance the efforts being made to bring about peace and stability in Somalia.
Meles on his part said Ethiopia would further consolidate its effort toward maintaining peace in Somalia both independently and along with the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
The two sides also discussed the role of IGAD and urged the international community to play in ensuring peace in Somalia.
Somalia, the Horn of Africa nation, has had no functioning central government since 1991.
Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi and President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed relocated from Kenya in June and have been based in the provincial town of Jowhar, after deciding the capital Mogadishu -- controlled by warlords -- was too unsafe to act as a seat of government.
Parliament speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden meanwhile leads a faction comprised of Mogadishu-based warlords, some members of parliament and cabinet officials who insist the government make the capital its home.
Efforts by the United Nations and Kenya to mediate an agreement between the two sides have failed.