Equatorial Guinea rejects use of force in international relations, in latest UN meeting

The declaration occurred during the fifth consecutive meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the situation in Syria, which took place on Saturday 14th April. At the meeting, various member States, among them Equatorial Guinea, expressed concern regarding the incapacity of the council to reach an agreement to resolve the matter.

The United Nations Security Council called a fresh urgent meeting for Saturday 14th April, to attempt to appease the multilateral scenario following the decision recently taken by the coalition made up by the United States, the United Kingdom and France, to take military action in Syria, in response to the recent attack using chemical weapons which took place in Douma. The attack has created controversy due to the growing polarisation between different blocks, who defend conflicting positions on the use of chemical weapons in that offensive.

The General Secretary, Antonio Guterres, in his speech, invited the group of nations to pause for deep reflection, asking them all to look at the aims for which the organisation was created.

Anatolio Ndong Mba, the Equatorial Guinea Ambassador Permanent Representative, accompanied by his First Deputy, Job Obiang Esono Mbengono, and various experts from our country, said that the Republic of Equatorial Guinea rejected the use of force in international relations, and thus political agreement was the only alternative that would help in the case of Syria, given that military intervention had never led to anything positive, but had lengthened the war, as a consequence of the failure of diplomacy.

Equatorial Guinea also underlined the need to prevent conflicts, taking into account that the team of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) would determine whether chemical weapons were or were not used in the attack in Douma.

During the meeting, two draft resolutions were put to the vote and rejected, meaning that negotiations within the Security Council will continue.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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