The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Simeon Oyono Esono, representing the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, took part in the top level public debate on the consolidation and maintenance of peace which took place on Wednesday 5th December.
This debate marked the official start of the presidency of Ivory Coast, whose president, H. E. Alassane Dramane Ouattara, oversaw the work in the presence of the General Secretary of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, and the President of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat.
In his speech, the Minister for foreign Affairs explained to the the Assembly that the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, had not been able to attend due to prior State engagements.
After congratulating Ivory Coast for assuming the presidency of the Security Council, Oyono Esono declared that, in recent times, the African continent has been and continues to be one of the main victims of armed conflict, and understands like no other its devastating consequences in the form of political instability, poverty, the violation of Human Rights, damage to infrastructure, and the weakening of institutions.
There is no peace without justice, and for the consolidation of the processes of peace and conflict resolution, it is important that the victims have the sensation that justice has been done, as the policy of impunity can promote feelings of revenge and hate”, said the head of Equatoguinean diplomacy, who then pointed out the importance of adequately handling the relationship between peace and justice.
Aid for countries emerging from a conflict in order to design integrated strategies for reconstruction and sustainable development, in accordance with the circumstances of each situation, and the construction of peace through sustainable socio-economic development, were some of the other aspects indicated by the minister in his speech.
The debate took place with little more than a month to go before the republic of Equatorial Guinea takes over the presidency of the Security Council, in February 2019.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office