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Tue, 20 Sep 2011 20:52 - Updated Tue, 20 Sep 2011 20:52

Angola admits world's maturity in conflict resolution


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New York – The Angolan Foreign minister, Georges Chikoti, Tuesday in New York admitted the world’s maturity in prevention and resolution of conflicts  and welcomed the theme of the ongoing session of the UN General Assembly.

Asked by Angolan journalists to comment on the issue, Georges Chikoti said there is more maturity in the world today and for sure this is a good moment to give shape to the theme “The role of negotiation in peaceful resolution of conflicts.”

However, he called on the most powerful countries to pay more attention to the plight of the weaker ones, in order to avoid the logic of imposition and the return to the environment of the cold war days.
He said that now that the cold war days are gone, negotiation is crucial for the resolution of conflicts and sporadic crises, particularly in Africa.
“Angola has all along followed the political and peaceful path for the resolution of conflicts in Africa (…) and this is the position we have been transmitting to our partners and we think this is a good moment for us to work together in a constructive way toward peace,” he said.

The minister recalled that Angola settled its conflict peacefully, adding that “We have a national reconciliation process that is exemplar in the world and the conflict has been definitely left behind.

“We have been transmitting this to our neighbours and to all our partners. We are engaged in some countries to which we have been contributing to peace and negotiation as an essential means for the resolution of conflicts,” he also stated.

On the other hand, Georges Chicoti said Angola supports the adhesion of the Palestinian State to the United Nations, despite the fact that the last word will come from the Security Council.

However, he said he believes most of the General Assembly states will support and recognise the Palestine.

Meanwhile, the Angolan vice-president, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, will represent the head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, to the 66th session of the UN General Assembly whose official opening of debates will take place on Wednesday.
The Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, will be the first head of State to address the session, while the Angolan vice-president will speak on Monday.

In the meantime, the Angolan ministers of Foreign Affairs, Health and Environment, Georges Chikoti, José Van-Dúnem and Fátima Jardim, respectively, will be busy with agendas concerning their sectors.

Georges Chikoti will attend a symposium on International Cooperation against Terrorism, under the 35th annual session of the G77 Foreign Ministers and the 4th Ministerial Paris Declaration Principles and Guidelines Follow-up session.

The above mentioned principles are a number of directions concerning the protection to children, against forced recruitment and assistance to those under control of armed groups.

In his turn, José Van-Dúnem will attend the high level meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases, a session that will launch the African Leaders Malaria Alliance Blog and others on nutrition.

Minister Fátima Jardim is attending a round table on Women and Agriculture and Global Food Security that will be presided over by the US secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, besides a forum of the private sector on Sustainable Energy.

Alls these panels are part of the main topic “addressing desertification, land degradation and drought in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication.”

Other panels are “Prevention and control of non-communicable diseases” and the celebration of  the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Action Programme, related to the global effort toward total elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance.