The First Deputy Representative of Equatorial Guinea before the United Nations, Job Obiang Esono Mbengono, took part in the debates that the Security Council held on 20th March in New York, on the situation in Libya.
The Ambassador from the French Republic before the United Nations, Francois Delattre, led this working session in which, in addition to interventions from the 15 member States, they heard a presentation from the Head of the United Nations Mission in Libya, Ghassan Salame, who described the current political situation in the African country of the Sahel.
When it was the turn of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to speak, Job Obiang Esono Mbengono passed on a greeting to the Libyan people, and declared that the crisis in the country continued to arouse the concern of Equatorial Guinea, together with the continent as a whole, as in the words of the Equatoguinean diplomat, it had once again occupied time at the recent 32nd Summit of the African Union held in February on Addis Abeba, given that, as observed by the AU, the situation is locked in political instability and uncertainty, which has extended into a precarious humanitarian and security situation, with cases of crude oil and arms smuggling.
This requires the need to reach a stable lasting political solution in Libya which puts an end to the long process of transition based on a political agreement, which guarantees the rule of law with unified State institutions”, said Obiang Esono Mbengono.
Furthermore, the Equatorial Guinea Deputy representative lamented the fact that the crisis in Libya had lasted eight years, with the only way out to date being stranded by unsuccessful political leverage, and so he put the African point of view which suggests a determined reflection aimed at a different focus, based on the recent initiative of the Summit of Heads of State and Governments in the African Union, to assume leadership and combine efforts with the United Nations on order to achieve definitive solutions to the crisis in Libya, through negotiations that allow the holding of presidential and legislative elections at the end of this year; a proposal which also includes the holding, during the first half of July, of an inclusive national forum of peace and reconciliation in Libya.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office