The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Agapito Mba Mokuy, leading a senior delegation made up by the Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea in Spain, Purificacion Angue Ondo -accompanied by the First Secretary, Eulogio Abeso Oyana- the Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea in the UK, Mari-Cruz Evuna Andeme, and Ambassador to the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), based in Portugal, Jose Dougan Chubum, met at the headquarters of the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI) in Madrid, with the Iberoamerican Deputy Secretary Ambassador, Ruy P. A. Amaral, who was accompanied by the Director of Planning, Bernardo Ribeiro da Cunha.
This meeting, which took place on January 5, is the continuation of the one held on December 22 in Madrid between the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Agapito Mba Mokuy, and the Secretary General of the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI) for Education, Science and Culture, Dr. Alvaro Marchesi Ullastres, during which they discussed two main issues were discussed: the current status of Equatorial Guinea within the organization and in the Community of Ibero-American States.
In that event, the Secretary General of the OEI told the delegation of our country that Equatorial Guinea is a full member of this organization and, as such, is invited to participate in the ordinary activities of this organization, such as the regular meetings that are held, but that the organization of the Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government does not depend on the OEI, but on the Ibero-American Conference of Heads of State, of which Equatorial Guinea is not a member. And the organization of the Ibero-American Summit is managed by the General Secretariat (SEGIB), which Equatorial Guinea should address regarding this issue.
-“The purpose of my stay here is to try to clarify the situation of the status of Equatorial Guinea, and have the country considered as a full-fledged State of the Organization of Ibero-American States. I had the first meeting with the Secretary General of the OEI, and concluded that Equatorial Guinea is a Member State and, therefore, must participate in these summits; however, we still needed to clarify with the Secretariat of the Summit of Heads of State the status of Equatorial Guinea. Today, I have come to meet with the Secretariat of the Conference of Heads of State, to try to clarify the issue of Equatorial Guinea and at the same time, see if from now on it can be integrated into this organization,” said Mba Mokuy.
The problem that is trying to be solved is that at the first Summit of Heads of State, held in Mexico in 1991, Equatorial Guinea was not invited, being a full member of the OEI and since then, at the level of summits of Heads of State, the membership of our country is not recognized.
-“What we want is that, being one of the founding countries of the OEI, to also have Equatorial Guinea considered at the level of Heads of State. We have expressed interest in Equatorial Guinea taking an active part in this organization because Equatorial Guinea has a seat that rightfully belongs to it, and we have come to claim this seat and try to correct any errors of the past, when Equatorial Guinea was not invited 1991 to the Summit of Heads of State. We hope these meetings will first recognize the fact that Equatorial Guinea is one of the founding States and, therefore, must participate in the Summit of Heads of State,” concluded the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Ruy P. A. Amaral appreciated the visit of the Equatorial Guinean delegation, and pledged to transmit the concerns raised during the meeting to the the Ibero-American Secretariat General, and inform them as soon as possible on the measures that can be taken to find a solution to the current situation.
Text and photos: Javier Hernandez
SOURCE: Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office