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Summary of the Final Communiqué of the Extraordinary Summit of the ECCAS

posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com – October 28th, 2013

H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea attended in N’Djamena, on Monday, October 21, at the 5th Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the ECCAS countries, which had as its main theme the analysis of solutions for the crisis that exists in the Central African Republic.

The Heads of State and Government that make up the CEMAC
The Heads of State and Government that
make up the CEMAC

The President of Equatorial Guinea was one of the participants at the 5th Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the countries of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), which focused on the current crisis that exists in the Central African Republic.

Following the conclusion of the summit, the attending leaders signed a final communiqué, which expressed concern about the risk of political, humanitarian and security deterioration, and for the repeated acts of violence that are experienced, especially in the northwest, south and southwest areas.

Along with many other observations, the Heads of State and Government of the ECCAS condemned the manipulation of the population for political purposes, through the various ethnic and religious affiliations. They also sent an urgent appeal to the international community in order to get humanitarian assistance.

Those attending the 5th summit also requested the respect of the roadmap of N’Djamena (Chad) and the National Transitional Charter. They also recommended the holding of a national conference with all interested parties as soon as possible, including other sectors of social and political life of the Central African Republic.

The declaration also notes that the transition duration cannot exceed eighteen months from August 18, 2013 (date of the inauguration of the current President of the Transition).

On the other hand, the leaders expressed their appreciation to the International Security Mission of Central Africa (MISCA, for its acronym in French) and the resolution 2121 (2013) of the United Nations Security Council, adopted last October 10 in support of MISCA, requesting the disarmament and withdrawal without delay, voluntary or involuntary, of all foreign armed elements of the territory of the republic.

They also welcomed the brilliant choice of the Republic of Chad as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for a period of two years.

Finally, they expressed deep gratitude to the President of Chad, H.E. Idriss Deby Itno, also Chairman of the ECCAS, for his country’s efforts in seeking a lasting peace on the continent in general, and in the subregion, in particular, and the people and the Government of Chad for the warm welcome reserved for them during this summit.