Obiang Esono speaks at Security Council on United nations-European Union cooperation

Countries such as Germany, Poland, Kuwait, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Peru, Russia and the United Kingdom, among others, spoke on 12th March during the Security Council session in New York, regarding cooperation between the UN and regional and subregional organisations, on the maintenance of international peace and security, focussed on cooperation between the United Nations and the European Union.

The meeting, which took place under the presidency of France, the country currently holding co-presidency with Germany, was attended by the senior Representative from the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, who in her speech underlined the priority that is the mutual collaboration between Europe and the United nations, since the creation of the supranational organisation just after the Second World War, highlighting both the achievements and the challenges that the two parties had experienced during this time of diplomatic coexistence in the service of world stability. Because together we are stronger and more effective, and above all because we are more conscious of our responsibilities”, she said.

Among other issues, Mogherini also mentioned some current situations, such as the crisis in Venezuela, leaving it clear that the situation, as it had political institutional ramifications, did not require the use of force, but rather a collective effort aimed at dialogue, in order to achieve positive objectives.

The situations in Mali, Guinea Bissau and Central African Republic were also mentioned by the European diplomat, who highlighted the positive role now being played by regional organisations such as the African Union, with respect to efforts aimed at peace, as could be seen at the recent AU Summit held in Addis Abeba, at which she was present to ratify with African leaders the commitment of the European Union to continue to work in close collaboration with countries in Africa, under the supervision of the United Nations.

When the time for speeches from member States arrived, the First Deputy Permanent Representative of Equatorial Guinea before the United Nations, Job Obiang Esono Mbengono, first thanked the Presidency for organising this informative meeting, pointing out that the conflicts and challenges of the 21st century required a new focus and perspectives that reflected the growing complexity of current armed conflicts, levels of complexity that go beyond the conflict between two States and include the participation of armed terrorist groups and cross-border organised crime on land and sea, which thus causes further difficulties in the work of States to find lasting solutions. Thus the collaboration and support from organisations such as the United Nations is crucial in order to be able to build and guarantee peace and security; and for that reason, Obiang Esono Mbengono made it clear that the Republic of Equatorial Guinea recognised the important leadership of the European Union in the resolution of conflicts, and applauded its cooperation and support in United Nations peace-keeping missions in Europe, and also in Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East.

In another part of his speech, the diplomat mentioned the phrase “African solutions for African problems”, focussing on the need to evaluate and use the local wisdom and experience on the ground of institutions and organisations by African experts. Along these lines, he said, Equatorial Guinea recognises and praises the efforts in multilateral cooperation between the African Union, the European Union and the United nations, while encouraging further strengthening for the good of all”.

The diplomat was accompanied by the Minister Adviser Susana Edjang Mangue, and other figures working at the Permanent Mission.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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