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President of Equatorial Guinea addresses at the 67th session of the UN General Assembly

posted by – September 26th, 2012

H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo spoke on Monday, September 24, in the public debates of the General Assembly, which officially began on September 18, at the UN headquarters in New York.


The first meeting that brought together the Heads of State in the framework of this summit was the High Level Meeting of the assembly, which dealt with the Rule of Law on National and International Levels.

Within this context, and after hearing the statements of the leaders of the system of UN agencies, which this year is chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Vuk Jeremic, the High Level Meeting was inaugurated in the presence of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, with speeches by the Heads of State, including Thomas Boni Yayi, current Chairman of the African Union and President of Benin and Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea.

The Head of State of Equatorial Guinea began his speech highlighting the importance of the rule of law, “which is a principle and constant aspiration of the Government, which struggles to incorporate democratic values into national law, to which we give a high priority. The democratic process initiated in 1982 has evolved in harmony with the culture of the people, resulting in the recent Constitutional Reform, which grants broad freedoms to the people and provides control mechanisms of the action of the Government and the protection of human rights.”

The President of the Republic listed the  changes made with the new Constitutional Reform, then he spoke of the international legal order and imbalances that, on the political, economic and socio-cultural levels, are produced by the anarchic way in which certain states act in violation of international standards.

-“Although today we are all headed in the same direction, we do not believe in the leadership of one State or group of States, to stand as policemen in the enforcement of law and international morality. This constitutes an usurpation of the authority of the United Nations and undermines the effectiveness of the world organization, which should impose its authority on the international stage, avoiding any possible manipulation by external pressures of those States or groups of States that violate these laws,” said Obiang Nguema.

Also, the country’s highest representative stressed the importance of complying with the spirit of the United Nations, based on the maintenance of peace, and made reference to humanitarian intervention as a laudable idea, but that should not lead to violent actions involving bloodshed of innocent and defenseless people. He also discussed the internal political processes as the exclusive competence of each State; the UN should intervene only to mediate and pacify in cases of armed conflict, he stated.

-“For over 30 years on this rostrum now, there has been a demand to change the current global economic system, since the dynamics of history advise fairness in trade between States, and not to perpetuate a system of exploitation that gives advantage to only a few, to the detriment of others. This is a clear legitimate claim to ensure the rule of law in international relations,” said the Head of State.

Finally, he welcomed the commitment the African States have undertaken to enter into the dynamics of modern democracies: “Despite the circumstances of political instability that do not allow them to move according to the will of their people, due to the systems imposed on them by others who continue to exert their influence in their internal policies. We hope that the United Nations’ resolutions are implemented in the spirit of its charter, that they respect the international provisions on the sovereign right of States to direct their political development, to fully enjoy their natural resources and lead their own political processes without interference from others for the maintenance of peace and security in the world.”


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