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Thu, 01 Oct 2015 19:23 - Updated Thu, 01 Oct 2015 19:23

USA: Angola suggests coalition to fight terrorism

New York - Angola defends the urgent need for a world coalition to combat terrorist activity carried out by extremist groups in Africa and other regions of the world.

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New York: Vice president Manuel Vicente, addresses UN debate session

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This stand was expressed Thursday in New York by the Angolan vice president, Manuel Domingos Vicente, while addressing the United Nations General Assembly.

Manuel Vicente said the creation of the Chad and Benin Lake countries is an example of the collective response from the international community to the terrorism curse that has been causing suffering to the peoples of Africa.

As to the situation in Central Africa Republic, he said it remains a challenge to political, socio-economic stability and internal security.

He said Angola supports the transition government’s effort to restore public administration and State institutions in CAR, and encourages all parties to observe the commitments reached during the Bangui Forum as the path to an inclusive, peaceful and transparent electoral process.

The vice president also said the Angolan authorities welcome the recent deal reached recently between the Government of South Sudan and the armed opposition under the IGAD and other international partners mediation towards a solution to the crisis in the country.

Concerning Guinea Bissau, he said that with the end of the institutional crisis, the recent political developments maintain the expectation of a process of economic growth and political and social stabilisation.

Manuel Vicente appealed to all political and social players in Guinea Bissau to adopt a high sense of responsibility and the international community to continue its support for a Brussels donor conference.

On the other hand, he expressed concern about the Western Sahara, stressing the right of the people of the territory to self-determination.

The official appealed to the parties to continue with the negotiations towards a mutually acceptable solution, within the principles of the United Nations Charter and UN Security  Council’s pertinent resolutions.

Manuel Vicente also expressed concern about the status quo prevailing in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, adding that Angola stands for the resumption of the talks leading to a peaceful and lasting solution based on two states living side by side in peace and security.

He stated that the conflicts in Libya and Syria demand a rapid solution, in the face of threatening humanitarian consequences.

According to the vice president, the causes of these conflicts stem from the grave violations of these peoples’  fundamental rights and disastrous external interference, coupled with regime change attempts and artificial imposition of democracy from outside.

Manuel Vicente welcomed the agreement reached between the six European powers with Iran on the Middle East country’s nuclear programme.

He stated as well that Angola is following with much interest the normalisation of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba, but reiterates the need for the urgent end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo that restricts the Latin American country’s people right to development and runs against the principles and rules of the international law.

He also mentioned the fact that Angola currently holds the presidency of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, and has been committed to seeking solutions to the problems affection the region, both within the bilateral  and multilateral framework, as well as in the ambit of the UN Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council.

"In this context, we reaffirm our determination to continue supporting and promoting the dialogue, peace, security and stability in Central Africa and in the Great Lakes Region,” he stated.

Aware of its responsibilities and the challenges facing the Gulf of Guinea countries, the Angolan Government, with the support of the United State of America and Italy, will host soon in Luanda an International Conference on Maritime and Energetic Security, as a contribution to a response to terrorism and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, Manuel Vicente said.

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