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Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:22 - Updated Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:36

Angola and U.N work to avoid election period disturbance caused by refugees

New York -The Angolan authorities, with the support of the United Nations (U.N), have been working so that the presence in Angola of over thirty thousand refugees from the neighbouring D.R Congo cannot cause a disturbance to the general elections set for 23 August, this year.

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general secretary of the MPLA party, Julião Mateus Paulo "Dino Matrosse".

Photo: Pedro Parente

This was said this week in New York, United States of America (U.S.A), by the general secretary of the ruling MPLA party, Julião Mateus Paulo "Dino Matrosse", at a meeting of the International Socialist (IS) Council, held on the 11th and 12th of the present month.   

He said in recent times Angola received about thirty thousand refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), many of whom only with the clothes they were wearing, and high number of them were women, children and elderly people.  

He reminded that the Great Lakes Region is host to one of the most devastating conflicts for some time now, reason why it was created the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), which is a specific multilateral concert mechanism, whose chair is being occupied by Angola for the second time, represented by President José Eduardo dos Santos, who has made serious efforts to stabilise that zone.  

To Julião Mateus Paulo "Dino Matrosse" – who is one of the vice presidents of the International Socialist board – the delay in achieving peace in the ICGLR is essentially caused by the lack of commitments and the imposition of private economic interests, to the detriment of the higher interests of the peoples of that region.    

In his speech, delivered in the first day of the works – whose topic under analysis was the multilateral mechanisms for the preservation of peace – the Angolan ruling party official defended the importance of such mechanisms, which he deemed a platform for concert, harmonisation of interests and, fundamentally, for the achievement of compromises.

He regretted the fact that there is still a persistence, throughout the world, in the existence of challenges to peace, which brings along with it the dramas of loss of innocent lives, refugees and displaced persons, economic and financial crisis, poverty, unemployment, socioeconomic backwardness, environmental challenges and terrorism.

Coupled with that, he emphasised, there is also the phenomenon of the danger posed by the uncertainty and unpredictability that characterise the present leaderships in some societies.   

He defended that it is necessary to see an evolution in terms of international compromises, so that the world does not record retrogressions in terms of the advances already made, such as that recorded with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, from which the United States has withdrawn.

Finally, he reminded that in 2005, at the level of the International Socialist, the organisation was working hard on a series of proposals relating to the reforms that need to be made in the United Nations System, a document dubbed “U.N Reform for a new Global Agenda”, in view of the inefficacy being observed in the functioning of that world body.   

   

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