Opening ceremony at Summit of the Ten

As expected, on Wednesday 17th May, the Consultative Summit for the Committee of Ten (C-10) was opened. The President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, was the first to give his speech, to declare that Africa should adopt a common position regarding the reforms to the United Nations Council. We have attached the full speech by the Equatoguinean Head of State.

Africa continues to be treated as an ignored continent by the United Nations Security Council, which cannot deal with the problems of acceptance. Africa’s right should not be the object of negotiations”, said the Head of State, in his opening speech.

The President also highlighted the efforts of the President of Sierra Leone, S. E. Ernest Bai Koroma, in his capacity as coordinator of the Committee of Ten, and recalled that for twelve years Africa has presented a common position regarding the request for two permanent positions and five non-permanent positions on the United Nations Security Council.

Furthermore, the head of State stated that “Africa’s right should not be the object of negotiations. Africa’s demand must be accepted without prior negotiations, due to the lack of representation on the Security Council, the little attention given to our complaints, the damage from which is neither assumed or rectified. The veto should not be allocated in accordance with weaponry power, but through political effort. Africa must prevent the abuses carried out against its States, and cannot be on the margins of all the decisions which are accepted and let others take them, above all those taken by outside interests”.

In addition, he reaffirmed the support from Equatorial Guinea for the United Nations reform process: We hope today’s debate will be an opportunity to set out a new common African strategy in order to turn the reforms into reality. The discussions must be focussed in order to achieve our aims, and the criterion of unity is important in order to attain Africa’s noble ideals”.

The representative of the President of the African Union, Moussa Faki, in his speech, recognised the support from Equatorial Guinea in the name of the African cause, and declared that the continent continues to suffer injustices. The political independence of Africa could play a significant role on the world scene, and without these reforms, the strong nations would continue to dominate.

Our determination must promote a common African position. The African position is urgent, we shall not be dispersed or distracted; the inter-government negotiations and the leaders of the continent must speak with a single voice and the current president of the AU must support the reforms”, he concluded.

The President of Sierra Leone was the last to speak, and he also recognised the need for reforms, in order to protect the interests of Africa: These reforms are already late, we must achieve greater acceptance of African policies. The reforms are a matter of common justice and democracy; the position of Africa must be seen as a continental aspiration with its own merit at this time; now is the moment to speak with a single voice, the moment for debate is over”.

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

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