The work relating to the high-level debate on the issue of peace and Security in Africa took place at the UN headquarters, under the presidency of the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
During the debate, declarations were heard from Antonio Guterres, General Secretary of the United Nations Organisation; the president of the African Union (AU) Commission, who gave his speech from the African Union-Ethiopia, via video conference; the Minister for Foreign Affairs from Rwanda; representatives from the United States, Russia, Indonesia, China, Poland, Dominican Republic, the United Kingdom, Kenya, Germany, Peru, Kuwait, Mexico, Gabon, Egypt, South Africa, Chad, Congo, Djibouti, Sudan and others.
In his declaration, after taking over as acting president of the Peace and Security Council, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo described the meeting as an event of unique importance for the presidency of Equatorial Guinea because it is dedicated to a matter that is part of the huge concerns and challenges that affect peace, security and stability on the African continent.
In addition, he said that the presence of mercenaries on the continent is creating significant challenges, such as the violation of human rights, obstacles to the free determination of peoples, violations of international humanitarian law, misery, plunder, the assassination of political leaders, the overthrow of governments, and other criminal activities.
H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo declared that, in the last 24 years, Equatorial Guinea has been the victim of five attempted mercenary incursions, the aim of which was to overthrow the legitimate Government in order to gain control of the country’s resources.
The Equatoguinean leader asked the UN, the Security Council and friendly partners of Africa to face up to the phenomenon of mercenaries, as they do against terrorism and piracy, because the three are similar.
On the occasion of taking over as acting President of the UN Peace and Security Council for the month of February, the Head of State and the First Lady, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, provided, on the afternoon of 4th February, at the Hilton Hotel, a reception for ministers, ambassadors and representatives from member countries of the UN that took part in the high-level debate on Peace and Security in Africa.
In his short speech at the reception, which was attended by the UN General Secretary, Antonio Guterres, and the Deputy General Secretary, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo declared that his nation would respond to the trust that the international community had placed in his country, giving its best and sparing no effort in serving the noble efforts of the Security Council, which consist in the defence of international peace and security and the well-being of humanity.
He also said that, during the exercise of his mandate, Equatorial Guinea was going to ensure impartiality while holding out a hand to friendly countries in order to address and cooperate on all matters affecting the peaceful coexistence of peoples.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office