Speech by Anatolio Ndong Mba at UN on abolition of nuclear weapons

The meeting was overseen by the Minister for Foreign Affairs from the Federal Republic of Germany, Heiko Maas, as President of the Security Council for March and April, together with the French Republic, whose Foreign Minister, Jean-Ives Le Drian, was also present.

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which was opened for signing on 1st July 1968, came into force in 5th March 1970, forming part of the efforts of the international community to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Along these lines, and taking into account the danger that these weapons present for humanity, the highest UN decision-making body, at the behest of Germany, organised a debate in order to review mechanisms that help all member States that signed the treaty to work together, in order to find adequate methods aimed at preventing the use of these weapons under any circumstances.

In the presence of the Senior Representative from the United Nations on Disarmament, Izami Nakamitsu, and the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Organisation, Yukiya Amano, the Representative from Equatorial Guinea, Anatolio Ndong Mba, when speaking, first made it clear that the Republic of Equatorial Guinea is a country without weapons of mass destruction, and without a nuclear programme; this is not expected in the near or distant future, and far less any cooperation in military or civil programmes with other States or international institutions on nuclear activities or other weapons of mass destruction.

As such, to move forward towards the common aim of a world without nuclear weapons, that is, the complete elimination of weapons of mass destruction in world is the desire of Equatorial Guinea, and this is reflected in speeches made by the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, before the General Assembly.

Before ending his speech, the Ambassador before the UN stressed that the Republic of Equatorial Guinea encourages all parties within the Non-Proliferation Treaty to show true political desire to speak and seek consensus in order to allow reforms to the treaty; specifically, the first article of the international instrument, as soon as possible, during the Review Conference for the treaty in 2020, the moment which also marks the 50th anniversary of it coming into force.

Present at the debate for Equatorial Guinea were the Minister Adviser, Narciso Sipaco Ribala and the Political Coordinator, Victor-Manuel Ele Ela.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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