Speech by Anatolio Ndong Mba at UN on situation in Democratic Republic of Congo

Under the presidency of the Low Countries, the highest United Nations decision-making body held a session, on Monday 19th March, on the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the presence of its representative.

Peace, stability and development in the Democratic Republic of Congo are priorities for Equatorial Guinea during membership of the Security Council, so the Government of President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo is firmly committed to supporting and playing a constructive role in the peace process in this great central African country of great lakes, and southern Africa”, began the Ambassador Permanent Representative before the United Nations, Anatolio Ndong Mba, during the meeting on the current humanitarian situation in the African country which is submerged in crisis.

In the presence of the General Secretary of the National Episcopal Conference of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Abbe Donatien Nsholo, Equatorial Guinea underlined the fact that the full normalisation of the political situation in the brother country will be difficult if the data on the humanitarian situation continue to be so devastating.

The internally displaced population exceeds four and a half million people, the highest number in the whole of Africa. More than 13 million people depend on humanitarian aid to survive, while over 7 million are living with severe food insecurity, and over 2 million children are in a state of malnutrition, very alarming figures which should attract the attention of the international community to provide the prompt release of humanitarian aid; if not, the consequences will be much more catastrophic”, stressed Ndong Mba, accompanied by Job Obiang Esono Mbengono and other officials from the permanent mission.

At another moment in the session, the representation from our country lamented the fact that the cases of rape and human rights abuses were rising even higher, and in the majority of cases went unpunished. The upsurge in violence in the province of Ituri was mentioned by the Equatoguinean diplomat.

Equatorial Guinea furthermore insisted on a guarantee of the application of the peace, security and cooperation framework for Democratic Republic of Congo and the region, signed on 24th February 2013 in Addis Abeba, and that its signatories and guarantors take the necessary steps to ensure its effective execution, because it is of primordial importance to achieve the neutralisation of armed groups operating in the east of the country.

The speech by our country concluded with the ratification of the thirtieth African Union Conference of Heads of State and Governments in January 2018, and the communique issued following the tripartite meeting held in Kinshasa between the presidents of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Angola. Equatorial Guinea welcomed the progress seen in the political process in the Democratic Republic of Congo, reiterating to both the Government and the main opposition parties, the need to resolve their differences through frank, inclusive dialogue, in order to achieve peace, stability and development.

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

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