Monday, April 16, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Rejects Use of Force in Syria

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through its Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Anatolio Ndong Mba, rejected the use of military force in Syria during a special meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

Equatorial Guinea expressed doubt at the growing polarization between different blocks within the UN Security Council, as the United States, the United Kingdom, and Republic of France recently conducted an attack in response to the use of chemical weapons in Souma, Syria.

Equatorial Guinea highlighted the importance of political agreements and peaceful dialogue, as opposed to military force, as the only alternative to create a lasting peace in the ongoing conflict.

Equatorial Guinea also underlined the need to prevent conflicts, and asked for patience as the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) conducts its investigation into whether chemical weapons were used or not in Syria.

Equatorial Guinea has strongly condemned the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, and has called for dialogue between all parties to resolve the conflict.

Equatorial Guinea is active at the UN and, as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, has called for a peaceful resolution to the Yemen conflict, mechanisms for peace in the Middle East, and protection of vital infrastructures against terrorist attacks.

Equatorial Guinea is committed to peaceful and sustainable development in the world.