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27/09/2011: Angola warns against external interference in conflict mediation effort

Angola warns against external interference in conflict mediation effort

New York – The Angolan Foreign minister, Georges Chicoty, in New York warned that external interference is a factor that obstructs the effort of mediation and resolution of conflicts in the world.

Minister Chicoty who was addressing the 66th session of the UN General Assembly, called the attention to a variety of crises that characterises the international situation that can put at risk the world organisation’s foundations.

“The respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms, the lawful state and good governance are foundations for any human society to live in peace and harmony and are the main guarantee of an effective prevention of conflicts,” he stressed.

The minister thus valorised the topic presiding over the ongoing National Assembly session – The role of mediation in conflict resolution – that reflects the concern of the international community about the need for an integrated address of this problem that affects the present situation.

The diplomat said as well that the current economic and financial crisis that has triggered the worse social crisis witnessed by the present generation was followed by a dangerous environmental crisis of unpredictable consequences for the future of humanity. 

“It is a generalised escalation of violence and break-out of conflicts, coupled with the environment crisis, responsible for the worst humanitarian crisis humanity has ever experienced since the second world war. In short, we are experiencing a dangerous situation in which a combination of factors put the stability, peace and world security at stake,” the minister stated. 

Mentioning the Angolan case, he said the country paid a high cost resulting from interferences that for long years fed a fratricide conflict Angolans eventually managed to settle down with wisdom. Therefore, the role of Angola and its contribution to internal peace in the region, must be seen within the wide framework of conflict resolution that led to the independence of Namibia and created the conditions for a peaceful coexistence in a region where extreme hostility prevailed and posed a permanent threat to world peace.

Georges Chicoty mentioned that Angola has been a reference to solutions to conflicts in the African continent, saving no effort to share experience with other peoples and countries.

He thus considered as important the multilateral role, in line with the logic of a new thinking of shared responsibility and benefits, based on the knowledge of the interests of all parties, in the concert and dialogue and search for solutions to the matters of peace and international security.

He recalled that as a member of SADC, ECCAS, Gulf of Guinea Commission and of CPLP, Angola, together with various partners, has been acting on the basis of a preventive diplomacy in the quest for peaceful solutions to the various crises like those of Guinea-Bissau and Madagascar.

As to Libya, the minister spoke of the need for a more effective cooperation among the external partners and the African Union in the search for concerted solutions based on the international law and respect, so the country can retrieve its place within the African and international concert.

The same about the Western Sahara which remains an outstanding matter on the international agenda, due to the little progress scored in the settlement of the conflict.

 On the other hand, the Angolan diplomat spoke of the situation of draught at the Horn of Africa where the consequences are more severe in Somalia, due to the prevalence of the conflict.

Commenting on the Middle East, he defended the creation of an independent Palestinian State side by side with Israel, in peace and security within the safe and internationally known frontiers.   

Georges Chicoty reiterated the demand for the end of the embargo against Cuba and congratulated the Republic of South Sudan on its admission as a UN member country, expressing Angola’s readiness to cooperate with the new State for the consolidation of its independence and socio-economic development.