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Truth has no color or religion, and does not need a Passport to cross the boarders of Countries – UNESCO Prize

Truth has no color or religion, and does not need a Passport to cross the boarders of Countries.

posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com – March 11th, 2012

Back few months ago, in an article titled “Another view of the controversy surrounding the UNESCO Obiang Prize”, we shed a different light on the then controversy surrounding the UNESCO Obiang Prize. That thorough article was extensively read and we received more than one hundred reactions from different parts of the world. Some were very critical of our stand; but more than 90% of the reactions praised our sound-researched analysis on the issue. The praise came even from within establishment UNESCO; and within the Executive Council of UNESCO (17 from African countries, 5 from Asia, 3 from Latin America, 4 fromMiddle East and 5 from European Countries).

In our article, we stated that “The United States, by putting forward a resolution to the 58-nation executive board  calling for the withdrawal of the prize, has ignored the widespread support for the prize by African and Arab delegations to UNESCO who stated that such moves, including the US resolution, will only delay the prize further, rather than lead to its withdrawal”.

We further stated that, “the countries opposing the Obiang Prize, did not approach the discussion in a spirit of mutual respect for the African countries, and did not show the proof of their commitments to the goal of building scientific capacity in Africa as often stated by their officials; which was regrettable”.

We further stated in that article that; “We still believe that once the US and the majorities of UNESCO Member countries analyze the facts with objectivity they will avoid more embarrassment to UNESCO and maintain the Obiang UNESCO Prize. Let’s give it time”.

The question also raised by an Arab delegation to UNESCO back in 2009 whether the value of a proposal is based on the relative power of who submits it or on its unbiased analytical foundation and the number of those supporting it, independently of their origins, question which was not answered, even by the UNESCO  Administration at that time, has finally been answered by the positive vote of the Executive Council of the UNESCO on Thursday, March 8,  2012 to accept the Prize. The vote for acceptance was decided by 33 votes in favor (many of them from the African group), 18 against and 6 abstentions.

To those countries still criticizing Equatorial Guineagenuine Democratic system (fortunately their number is rapidly shrinking),  a Swedish politician made the following comments: “The hypocrisy here is so thick you could cut with a knife. In fact, that position does not prevent those countries from fighting for business economic opportunities inEquatorial Guinea; some defending turf, others trying desperately to get in”.

Even U.S. Senator Leahy, (Chairman of the Senate Sub-Committee responsible for appropriating money to the State Department for UNESCO) who wrote to UNESCO in May 2010 in protest was definitely ill advised and did not even bother to travel or send his aids to Equatorial Guinea where EXXON has the monopoly of oil exploitation (which some European countries depict as a “scandal” in fair trade) to find the truth. Because of the interests the US has in Equatorial Guinea, it is suggested that Members of the Congress and/or their aids, visit that country as well as others in the same context, to facilitate fair and unbiased decisions when needed.

For the specific case of the Obiang Prize, if US instead of blindly following France, Spain, or other European countries and had taken into account facts, it would for pure objectivity have voted in favor of keeping the Obiang Prizes and avoided the embarrassment of putting forward a resolution under the pressure of some vocal human rights’ NGOs. Some European countries, instead of taking the lead role and being accused of colonialism and racism, decided to hide behind the United States, which had no colonies and is a well-recognized melting pot with more than 25% of its population Latino and African American. It is still time for the US not to play zero sum game with the International Politics, especially not withAfrica.  At this level Countries friendship is always based on “Nations Interests”. The United States cannot single itself out of this secular and plain reality.

Truth  has no color or religion, and does not need a Passport to cross the boarders of Countries. Let us repeat again that, Dignitaries, Politicians and Individuals from developed and developing countries are still strongly urging President Obiang not to change course, but rather to pursue the efforts his government is making to contribute to the global community and advance the welfare of the citizens of its country and to pursue the far-reaching democratization process which his country has embarked upon (which is bearing fruit) making the Equatorial Guinea one of the most democratic and stable countries on the Continent, and which is building the base for a sound and sustainable economic and social development program, applauded even by the Breton Woods Institutions (the IMF and the World Bank).

From our correspondent in London; U K.

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